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Student David Souaan faces jail for Syria plan

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Image caption Souaan was arrested after fellow students raised concerns about photos he shared showing himself posing with guns

A student who planned to join fighters in Syria has been told he will be jailed.

David Souaan, 20, denied preparing for acts of terrorism but was convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey in London.

The Birkbeck College student, from Serbia, visited Syria in December 2013 and was on his way back when he was arrested at Heathrow Airport in May.

Judge Peter Rook told Souaan: "You must understand that you will be receiving a custodial sentence in this case."

The judge, who adjourned the case until 3 February for pre-sentence reports, said it was a "very serious offence indeed".

'Extremist sympathies'

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Souaan was arrested after fellow students became concerned when he showed pictures of himself posing with guns and expressed radical views on Islam.

Police found material revealing "extremist sympathies" on his phone and laptop, the court heard.

Sarah Whitehouse QC, prosecuting, said Souaan filmed himself at a demonstration in the UK.

She said a man, probably Souaan, could be heard saying: "The flag of Tawheed in London, all praise be to Allah the lord of the universe" - an apparent reference to the black flag used by Islamic State militants.

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