1. ITV Report

Sheffield woman found guilty of 10 terrorism offences

Zafreen Khadam was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today

A woman from Sheffield has been jailed after being found guilty of offences under the Terrorism Act.

The jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Zafreen Khadam guilty of ten counts contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006, Dissemination of Terrorist Publications. She has been sentenced to four and a half years in custody.

Police feared that had she not been arrested, Khadam may have attempted to travel out to Syria.

It is clear from the evidence presented that Khadam openly demonstrated support for Daesh and their ideology, using multiple social media accounts to further spread the propaganda of this terrorist organisation. Khadam has not disputed posting the information, claiming she did so out of curiosity and the belief that she did not consider it to be terrorist material. Yet this material glorified terrorism and delivered powerful messages, encouraging terrorist acts and calling upon others to kill. Khadam was prolific in her use of social media and showed little regard for the consequences of openly sharing deeply disturbing images and material across a number of digital platforms. Much of this material encouraged violent action and was very extreme in the violence it portrayed. During the course of this investigation specialist officers from the North East CTU have reviewed hundreds of hours’ worth of videos and thousands of social media postings. Over a five week period, Khadam, tweeted up to 20,000 times.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East CTU