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Father-of-two becomes UK's first Syria terror conviction

Father of two Mashudur Choudhury, 31, has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences in connection with the Syria conflict. Choudhury, went to Syria with the intention of joining a terrorist training camp last October.

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Prosecutor: Choudhury wanted to 'become a martyr'

A prosecutor has said that a man convicted of terror offences in Syria traveled to the country to "attend a training camp," adding that Mashudur Choudhury intended to "become a martyr". Prosecutor Alison Morgan read out a number of messages exchanged by Ifthekar Jaman and the defendant via Skype.

The evidence clearly shows that this defendant planned for and then traveled 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.

– Prosecutor Alison Morgan

Jaman's participation in the fighting in Syria was widely reported in the British media. It is believed he later died there.The defendant wrote a message to suggest that the group he was travelling with should be called the "Britani brigade Bangladeshi bad boys".

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."Choudhury will be sentenced on June 13.

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