Would-be 2012 volunteer Norman Faridi terror conviction
- 14 March 2013
- From the section Wales
An engineering student who applied to work as an Olympics volunteer at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, has been convicted of a terrorism offence.
Kenyan-born Norman Faridi, 32, was found guilty of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.
He was found not guilty of a second charge while a third will lie on file after the jury failed to agree.
Faridi was turned down after applying to work at the stadium which hosted London 2012's first event.
The aeronautics engineering graduate, was arrested at this home in Pen-y-Wain, in the Roath area of Cardiff, last July following an investigation by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit.
The court heard how Faridi, who graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 2010, renewed his visa and stayed on in the UK with his wife.
He was employed at a bakery at the time police raided his home and confiscated his computer.
This had followed him being questioned when returning to the UK at Heathrow in December 2011 and his deleting a number of files when he got home.
Detectives later examined 39,000 deleted files.
The court heard how he had downloaded a video of extremist preacher Abu Hamza on to his mobile phone.
He told police he was born into a Muslim sect but was interested in converting to being a Sunni Muslim.
Officers found Faridi to have a terrorist manual - 39 Ways to Serve and Proceed in Jihad - on his external hard drive and in a deleted file.
He told the court he had downloaded various material from the internet but had not had time to sort it out.
"I completely disagree with this document," he said. "It is nothing to do with my beliefs."
A charge of having al Qaida's Inspire magazine was ordered to lie on file after the jury could not reach a verdict.
He was cleared of a third charge - having a guide to fighting techniques for a similar purpose.
Due to be sentenced next Wednesday, he was remanded in custody until next week to allow for technicalities involved in deportation moves.