March 11, 2008
A Leeds man who admitted possessing an al-Qaeda training manual has been jailed for 16 months.
Khalid Khaliq, 34, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after he confessed to owning the CD, which was found in a police raid at his home.
A close friend of two of the July 7 London bombers, Khaliq was arrested following the raid by anti-terrorism police.
Khaliq featured on an infamous photograph which showed him white water rafting in North Wales with London bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan.
The court heard that all three men were also trustees of the Iqra book shop, a centre for young Muslims in Beeston in Leeds, which formed a focus of police operations following the London bombings.
Judge James Stewart QC said of Khan and Tanweer: “They, among others, were responsible for the deaths of 52 innocent London folk going about their daily business.”
Khaliq admitted one count of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Prosecuting, David Farrell QC told the court that the al-Qaeda training manual included a declaration of Jihad, an interview with Osama bin Laden, and information about weapons and how to deal with being interviewed by police.
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