An east London man has been sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment at the Old Bailey today for distributing terrorist-related material at various locations including the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel.
53-year old Khalid Javed Baqa had previously pleaded guilty to five charges contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act.
Baqa was convicted of distributing extreme Islamist and terrorist-related printed material and audio CDs containing various speeches and dialogue encouraging jihad and violence.
Teenager also radicalised
He also radicalised a 17-year old male, who cannot be identified, to help him in his work. The teenager was made the subject of a 12-month intensive referral order at Barkingside Magistrates in March 2017.
Jihad leaflets found by tube driver
Baqa’s activities only came to light in June 2017 after a sharp-eyed tube driver found a carrier bag that had been left in a east London tube carriage that contained various papers containing references to ‘Jihad’.
The tube driver handed the bag to the police and the MPS Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) set about finding Baqa after his fingerprints were found on the papers.
Material found at Royal London’s chapel
CCTV was used to track down Baqa who was then seen entering the Royal London Hospital empty handed and later leaving with the same bag discovered on the tube.
CTC officers made enquiries at the Royal London and discovered that a number of CDs containing extremist material had been left in the hospital’s chapel.
At a later date during the investigation pamphlets also containing extremist material were found at the chapel and fingerprint analysis of these led to the identification of the teenage boy.
Baqa was using a print and copy shop in east London to produce the pamphlets and flyers he was distributing.
Public urged to remain vigilant
“This investigation came about after a vigilant tube driver found suspicious items that had been left on his tube and reported this to police,” said Commander Clarke Jarrett, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. “As a result, we were able to link the material to Baqa and uncover what he was up to. It shows the importance of reporting this kind of activity to police, however small, and I’d urge the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.”
Reporting suspicious activity
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to report their concerns to the police by filling in the secure form at www.gov.uk/act or calling the police in confidence on 0800 789 321.