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Bradford 'terror trip' accused brothers get suspended jail terms

Two brothers accused of plotting to travel abroad for terrorist training have been given suspended jail terms for other terror-related offences.

Muhammed Saeed Ahmed, 21, and Muhammed Naeem Ahmed, 20, denied going on "training trips" in Wales to prepare for stays in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Both were acquitted at the Old Bailey.

But the judge sentenced Saeed Ahmed to 22 months and Naeem Ahmed to 15 months, both suspended for two years, for other offences they had pleaded guilty to.

The pair from Bradford, West Yorkshire, stood trial at the Old Bailey last November.

Both pleaded guilty to 11 offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act of possessing a record of information likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Saeed Ahmed had also pleaded guilty to a further seven fraud offences.

'Family holiday'

Jurors were told they were "radicalised" by their brother-in-law Muhammed Shafaraz Ahmed, who pleaded guilty last year to an offence of preparing for acts of terrorism.

The Old Bailey was told the brothers were seen in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons on "training trips".

When police searched their bedrooms in 2012, they found a GPS device, night vision goggles, high quality LED torches and sleeping bags for use in very cold conditions, the court had heard.

Other items included high grade military clothing and a copy of an SAS survival handbook, the prosecution said.

But the Ahmeds' father told the court his sons were merely preparing to go on a family holiday.

They denied a charge of conspiring together and with others to attend a place used for terrorist training.

After deliberating for seven days, a jury could not agree on a verdict and judge Gerald Gordon ruled out a retrial.

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