This means that before Mashudur Choudhury joined the jihad in Syria, he worked to encourage among Muslims a sense of victimhood and grievance, on which basis they would make demands upon the British state. These two vocations go hand-in-hand: both are intended to weaken the Infidels at the expense of the Muslims, so that eventually the Muslims will become the masters of the Infidels. But British authorities, of course, don’t have a clue about that, and don’t want to have one.
“Mashudur Choudhury becomes first British person convicted for terror offences in Syria,” by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, May 20, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A man who travelled to Syria to join a terrorist training camp has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terror offences in relation to the conflict.
Mashudur Choudhury, 31, travelled to the Middle Eastern country in October and was arrested at Gatwick Airport when he returned later that month.
He was found guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts on Tuesday after a 12-day trial at Kingston Crown Court in London.
The court heard that Choudhury, of Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth, travelled to Syria with four other people from his area but was the only one to come back.
Speaking for the prosecution, Alison Morgan told the jury: “The evidence clearly shows that this defendant planned for and then travelled to Syria with the intention of attending a training camp.
“The training was to include the use of firearms and the purpose of fighting was to pursue a political, religious or ideological cause.
“At times in his discussions with others the defendant described his intention to become a martyr.”
Opposition fighters returning from the battlefield in the Idlib province, Syria. The regime says the war has reached a ‘stalemate’ and that it wants a ceasefire Opposition fighters returning from the battlefield in the Idlib province, Syria. Ms Morgan read out a number of messages exchanged by Ifthekar Jaman and the defendant via Skype.
In one exchange, Choudhury suggested the group he was travelling with should be called the “Britani brigade Bangladeshi bad boys”.
Jaman, 23, spoke to the BBC about fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) against Assad’s forces last year.
In an interview broadcast on Newsnight, he said: “We are trying to establish the law of God, the law of Allah. This is the duty on me… all these people are suffering. Muslims are being slaughtered.”
In December, his family said they believed he had been killed in fighting.
The court also heard details of text messages sent between Choudhury and his wife.
In one message, she wrote: “Go die in battlefield. Go die, I really mean it just go. I’ll be relieved. At last. At last.”
Yikes. Maybe all was not sweetness and light in the Choudhury household?
Choudhury will be sentenced on 13 June and the prosecutions of several other suspected jihadis continue.
David Williams, the chief executive of Portsmouth City Council, downplayed evidence given to the court about his past employment as a youth worker.
Mr Williams said Choudhury held a “junior position” as a racial harassment caseworker six years ago after a criminal records check and was seconded as a part-time development worker in the Muslim community.
“Mashudur Choudhury embellished both roles on his CV as presented to the court,” he added.
The total number of British participants in the conflict is estimated to be in the hundreds, with as many as 20 thought to have died in the fighting.