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British Imam found guilty of supporting ISIS

Kamran Hussain has been found guilty of supporting ISIS Photo: Staffordshire Police

A British imam who told children that martyrdom was better than anything they would achieve at school has been found guilty of supporting the Islamic State terror group.

40-year-old Kamran Hussain was recorded by an undercover officer making a series of radical sermons over four months last year, encouraging terrorism and supporting the terror group in Syria.

After he was arrested, the Hussain argued the ability to discuss "difficult concepts in a challenging world" was an important part of religion and claimed he was exercising his right to freedom of speech.

But following a trial at the Old Bailey, Hussain, from Tunstall, was found guilty by a jury which deliberated for 10 hours of eight charges, two of supporting IS and six of encouraging terrorism on dates between June and September last year.

Hussain's Friday lunchtime speeches at the charity-funded mosque in Tunstall High Street, Stoke-on-Trent, were in front of around 40 worshippers, often including children aged under 15.

Mari Reid from the Crown Prosecution Service said:

Kamran Hussain was in a position of trust and authority which he abused by encouraging support for Daesh and glorifying violent extremism.

His audience included children, some as young as 10, who would have heard him say killing others or being killed themselves was more desirable than doing well in school

– Mari Reid, Crown Prosecution Service