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'Dead' British jihadist facing years in prison

By Emily Pennick

A British jihadist who was declared dead as he returned home from Syria faces years behind bars after admitting a string of terrorism offences.

Imran Khawaja, formerly of Southall, London, spent six months in the war-torn country last year training in a terrorist camp and was also pictured holding a man's severed head.

While there, the 27-year-old had asked his taxi driver cousin Tahir Bhatti to go to Bulgaria to drive him home.

Khawaja, who had the nomme de guerre of Abu Daigham al Baritani, and Bhatti were arrested by police last June 3 at Dover in Kent.

At an Old Bailey hearing last month, Khawaja admitted preparation of terrorist acts and attending a terrorism training camp. He also admitted receiving weapons training and possessing a firearm for terrorist use. But he denied a charge of soliciting murder.

Last year, Asim Ali (33), of Ealing, west London, pleaded guilty to making £300 available to Khawaja while knowing or having reason to suspect it might be used for terrorism.

Bhatti (44), of no fixed abode, yesterday pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.

Khawaja and his co-defendants are likely to face jail terms next month.

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