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Terror absconder hands himself in

Shah Jalal Hussain
Shah Jalal Hussain had skipped bail on 8 April

A terror fund-raiser has handed himself into police after jumping bail for 10 days during his trial.

Shah Jalal Hussain, 25, was found guilty of terrorist fund-raising on Thursday and will be sentenced alongside five other men shortly.

He surrendered at Kingston Crown Court a day after his conviction and was arrested by police.

He had been given bail but went missing from his home when the jury began deliberations on 8 April.

Extremist group

The court had issued a warrant for his arrest.

A ban on reporting his absence was lifted once the verdicts were delivered.

The guilty men were all members of an extreme Islamist group known as Al-Muhajiroun. It has since been banned.

The allegations at the heart of the trial concerned events on the evening of 9 November 2004 when Hussain and others were said to have targeted rising anger among Muslims over the Iraq war.

Kingston Crown Court heard that speeches and calls for funds were made both inside and outside the London Central Mosque at Regent's Park, despite the opposition of the institution's authorities.

The other men due to be sentenced include Abu Izzadeen, 32, who was tried under his real name, Omar Brooks.

He was found guilty of terrorist fundraising and inciting terrorism overseas.

Izzadeen made the news in 2006 when he heckled then Home Secretary John Reid during a speech in the east end of London.

Bin Laden

He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment after a court heard of his support, in November 2004, for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

He was also recorded calling for a jihad-style war against coalition forces occupying Iraq.

Fellow Muslim convert Simon Keeler, 36, faces sentence on similar charges of terrorism fund-raising and inciting terror overseas.

Abdul Saleem, 32, and Ibrahim Hassan, 25, will be sentenced on one charge of inciting terrorism. They were both cleared of fund-raising for terrorists.

Abdul Muhid, 25, was also found guilty of fund-raising for terrorists by a jury on Thursday.




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17 Apr 08 |  UK


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