Man jailed for trying to join Isis
A "radicalised" chemistry teacher whose family hid his passport in a desperate attempt to stop him joining Isis has been jailed for six years.
Jamshed Javeed was poised to travel to Syria in late 2013 to fight alongside the group, which later became widely known as Islamic State.
After helping his younger brother make the trip, he prepared to follow from his Manchester home.
Javeed's relatives initially foiled his plans by hiding his passport but he persisted, even after learning his wife was pregnant.
The teacher, who taught in Bolton, was arrested in December 2013 hours before he was set to leave the UK.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts but claimed he wanted to go to support the ordinary people of Syria, was not an extremist and had never supported the aims of Isis "as now revealed and understood".
However, jailing the 30-year-old, Judge Michael Topolski QC said he was "not satisfied" that Javeed had rejected "Isis's ultimate aims" and ruled that he poses a danger to the public in the UK and abroad.
Pony-tailed Javeed, who taught 11 to 16-year-olds in Bolton, showed no emotion as he was given an extended sentence of nine years, comprising a custodial term of six years and an extended licence period of three years.
The judge told him: "By late summer or early autumn of 2013 you had become sufficiently radicalised and committed to a violent jihadist ideology that you were part of a group of young men determined to travel to Syria to join Isis and to fight and die for them.
"I find that you were not planning to return to this country but rather to die a martyr if you could.
"Whether you believed you were fighting in a just cause is irrelevant. The law is clear - this was terrorism."
He praised the "resolve and courage" of Javeed's family in attempting to scupper his plans.
"So determined were you to go that you ignored the pleas of your wife and parents. Even after they had hidden your passport, you persisted," he said. "Even the prospect of becoming a father did not deter you."
Judge Topolski said he was satisfied that Javeed remains "adherent to a violent jihadist mindset", adding:""You are in my judgment an individual whose potential danger to the public in this country or abroad is clear."
The judge said Javeed played an "important role" in enabling his younger brother and three other men to travel to Syria to fight.
"One of those young men is now dead," he said. "The other three are effectively missing."
Earlier Simon Denison QC, prosecuting, told Woolwich Crown Court that evidence indicates that Javeed was "intent on fighting with the terrorist group".
He said: "It follows that the action he was intent on committing inevitably included acts of murder, using firearms and/or explosives."
Javeed was among a group of young Muslim men from the Manchester area who became radicalised and "determined to fight jihad" in 2013.
He helped his younger brother Mohammed, 21, and two other men join Isis by providing money for flights as well as clothing and equipment.
Javeed prepared to follow them to the country with another member of the group, Nur Hassan, in November 2013, buying clothing, equipment and flight tickets, but was stopped from travelling by his family, who hid the clothes he had prepared, along with his passport.
He remained committed to the trip, leading to fraught exchanges with his family.
Even his wife Shameila's disclosure that she was pregnant with their daughter could not deter him.
In a text exchange, she said: "Jamshed, you refuse to take on board anyone's opinion unless I've got a gun and I'm in Syria."
Javeed's sister recorded an emotional family argument over his hiding of his brother's plans and his own intentions in which his mother accuses him of being a "murderer" for helping his sibling to go.
She told her son: "If this religion doesn't allow respect for a mother and father - this is not the religion of my prophet, peace be upon him. Yours is a different religion."
Referring to the "extraordinary conversation", the judge said Javeed's mother was speaking to him "but also it may be thought speaking on behalf of many others".
Two days after the argument, Javeed was arrested.
At his home, police found a rucksack containing items including £1,490 in cash, thermal gloves and combat-style trousers.
Javeed's internet activity suggested an interest in violent jihadist extremism.
His web searches included prominent figures such as the radical clerics Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, as well as the jihadi group Jabhat al Nusra.
Charles Bott QC, for Javeed, said he was "deeply moved" by images of Syrian people suffering at the hands of the regime.
He said: "The defendant's position is that he did something that he considered right at the time in very particular circumstances that he would not contemplate doing now.
"He is one of many people who did not know the truth about Isis in the later months of 2013."
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg said in a statement to the court that Javeed was "one of the more thoughtful and least dogmatic" inmates he met at Belmarsh prison. Begg was later released after charges against him were dropped.
Following the sentence, which requires Javeed to serve at least four years, Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole said he was "an otherwise law-abiding man" whose appearance and behaviour "started to change" in August 2013.
It is believed that Javeed's younger brother, who studied mechanical engineering at Liverpool John Moores University, might have gone to Iraq with Isis but nothing has been heard of him for more than a year.
His travel companion Khalil Raoufi, who also attended Liverpool John Moores, was killed in February last year, a day after his 20th birthday.
The pair met up with another former student at the university, Raphael Hostey, when they reached Turkey on their way to Syria. Hostey, 22, remains in the war-torn country.
Hassan, 21, left the UK in November 2013 and has not returned.