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Terror discs council worker jailed

An east London council worker found with 352 computer discs containing terrorist material has been jailed for two years.

Hackney revenue officer Khalid Baqa, 48, stashed discs containing speeches by radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki in his car and his children's bedroom.

The father of six pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications at the Old Bailey.

The material contained footage of beheadings and executions.

It also featured the explosions of improvised explosive devices, the will of one of the London bombers, footage of the 9/11 attacks and film of jihadi fighters in combat.

'Underlying message'

The court heard Baqa underwent a transformation in 1996, growing a long beard, wearing traditional Muslim dress and shunning colleagues at work.

Judge Christopher Moss QC said: "The underlying message was one of encouragement and promotion of extremist violence, beliefs and glorification and encouragement of jihadi activity against those who didn't share such beliefs or who were opposed to them."

Baqa had claimed he was storing the discs for someone else.

A further seven offences of having material likely to be useful in terrorism were ordered to lie on file.

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