'Terror handbook' publisher guilty
A businessman who published a "terrorists' handbook" which included information about how to make bombs has been found guilty of collecting and distributing material that could have led to attacks.
Terence Brown, 47, made CDs containing ten of thousands of pages of information at his home in Portsmouth. Topics included 'how to make a letter bomb' and 'how to enter countries illegally'.
The prosecution at Winchester Crown Court said the information, called the Anarchist Cookbook, could have been used by terrorists to plan and commit atrocities.
Brown told the jury during the three-week trial that he only did it to make money, that the information was freely available on the internet and that he had no sympathy with terrorists.
He was convicted of seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000, two counts of selling and distributing the information under the Terrorism Act 2006 and a further count under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Brown closed his eyes as the first guilty verdict was delivered by the foreman after less than four hours of deliberations.
The court heard that Brown had previously served a jail term for counterfeiting software.
Mr Justice Blair adjourned the case for sentencing at Winchester on Friday.
He granted Brown bail but warned him: "A custodial sentence of some length is inevitable given the gravity of these offences."