A defendant who called for the deaths of the Gordon Brown and Tony Blair was a “lonely young man” who “wallowed” in extremist material, a court has heard.
Ishaq Kanmi, who posed as the head of “al-Qaeda in Britain” on a website in 2008, had a “miserable childhood”, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Kanmi, 23, of Blackburn, has admitted professing to belong to al-Qaeda and inviting support for the terror group.
But Kanmi, to be sentenced, denied soliciting to kill the former PMs.
In May, when the defendant admitted other charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was willing for the counts relating to Mr Brown and Mr Blair to lie on file.
At the time, Kanmi also admitted collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist and three counts of disseminating terrorist publications.
‘Flock to banner’
Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said that between May 2007 and August 2008 Kanmi was “carrying out a determined internet campaign designed to radicalise and recruit people to the cause of jihadi terrorism.
“Specifically, the first of the postings called for martyrdom operations against named persons including Gordon Brown and Tony Blair,” he continued….