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Cardiff man found guilty of terrorism offences

Credit: South Wales Police

A Cardiff man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for terrorism offences.

Zakaria Daud Afey, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of material useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Afey, from the St Mellons area of Cardiff had originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea to guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence.

He was tried at the Central Criminal Court in London where he was found guilty of dissemination of a terrorist publication in January 2017 and possessing a terrorist publication called How To Survive In The West.

During the opening stages of the trial at the Court heard that both offences were discovered when the defendant’s phone was seized and interrogated.

Detective Superintendent Jim Hall of the Wales Extremism and Counter terrorism Unit, (WECTU) reassured people that Cardiff is a safe city and praised the community for their role in helping to stop terrorism.

The community in Cardiff have repeatedly rejected the extreme views of individuals calmly and with dignity. Their support is of great value and should not be underestimated.

Welsh police forces continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

Extremism and radicalisation in all their forms are something that we continue to be constantly vigilant about.

– Detective Superintendent Jim Hall