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Alleged ISIS supporter showed schoolboys beheading video

38-year-old Pharmacist Zameer Ghumra of Leicester is on trial for disseminating a terrorist publication. Photo: BPM.

A jury has been told how an alleged Isis supporter tried to “indoctrinate” two young boys by showing them videos of beheadings on his phone.

38-year-old Pharmacist Zameer Ghumra of Leicester told the primary school pupils they should encourage other people to travel to Syria to fight for Isis, the court heard.

Ghumra is on trial for disseminating a terrorist publication, between January 2013 and September 2014.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard that Ghumra was friends with Isis supporters on Twitter and Facebook who he regularly chatted with online.

Prosecutor Simon Davis told the jury:

“This amounted to indoctrination or radicalisation, the question is going to be did he do it. The prosecution allege the defendant played a video, the defendant denies that.”

– Prosecutor Simon Davis.
The jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard that Ghumra was friends with Isis supporters. Credit: ITV News.

Mr Davis said one of the boys asked Ghumra how anyone could behead someone else, Mr Davis said:

“He was told, ‘If you truly believe in Allah then you can do it', he told them the Isis people had asked him to go and join them in Syria.He said, ‘I want you to persuade others to join Isis if you’re going to stay in the UK.”

– Prosecutor Simon Davis.

The alleged indoctrination came to light when one of the two young brothers – who cannot be identified for legal reasons - told his mother and a mentor at his primary school what Ghumra had told him. Mr Davis said:

“Their mum became aware of what was going on when one of the boys told her some of what had been happening.It may be suggested she orchestrated the whole thing, I’m going to ask you to use something very important when it comes to your verdict in this case and that’s your common sense.”

– Prosecutor Simon Davis.
Ghumra was arrested on November 2, 2015, at Birmingham airport and answered “no comment” to the police. Credit: BPM.

Ghumra was arrested on November 2, 2015, at Birmingham airport and answered “no comment” to the police at Beaumont Leys police station in Leicester and provided a prepared statement through his lawyer.

Mr Davis said that although the videos seen by the boys had never been recovered, other items on Ghumra’s computer matched what the boys had told the police about. He said:

“There were over 1,600 searches for things like surviving, knives and bushcraft.Either the defendant was talking about doing this or a young boy has made a very lucky guess about what was on the defendant’s computer. The boys could not have known about this unless this all actually happened.”

– Prosecutor Simon Davis.

He added there was no way the boys would know so much about Ghumra’s Twitter conversations if their mother had invented what happened and told her sons to lie to the police and the court.

The trial continues.