Facebook 'fantasist' jailed over terror offences

Craig Slee Credit: GMP

A man who set up a Facebook account to upload terrorist propaganda, including pictures of beheadings, has been jailed for five years.

42 year old Craig Slee from Preston, pleaded guilty encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist publications and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Slee created a false identity and set up a Facebook page using the alter-ego 'Hashim X Shakur'. He was also the creator and administrator of another Facebook account called 'FB Mujahideen'.

He posted links to a communiqué by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and uploaded several videos, which included gruesome beheadings and Islamist terrorist propaganda material. He also chatted to other people inferring he was a member of the Taliban which is a complete fabrication.

Slee was arrested in July 2011 in Windermere. As part of the investigation, officers also recovered a can of CS gas from an address in Preston linked to Slee.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "It is clear that Slee was a total fantasist.

He had no links whatsoever to any terrorist organisations, was not a radical convert and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest he engaged in any attack planning.

"The power of the Internet and social networking sites is vast and extends worldwide, so while Slee may not have been planning any sort of attack, he could easily have influenced someone else with the propaganda he was uploading.