Jamshed Javeed: Recording reveals jailed 'radicalised' chemistry teacher in emotional family argument

The judge sentencing Javeed praised his family for attempting to thwart his plans to travel to Syria

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The family of a chemistry teacher "committed to a violent jihadist ideology" desperately tried to stop him from joining Isis by hiding his passport and engaging in heated arguments, it has been revealed. 

Jamshed Javeed, 30, was today sentenced to six years in prison, for planning to travel to Syria and fight alongside the extremist group which claimed large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq last summer.

As part of a group of young Muslim men from the Manchester area who, according to prosecutors, became radicalised and “determined to fight jihad” in 2013, Javeed helped his younger brother, Mohammed, 21, and two other men to make the trip to join Isis.

He had hoped to follow them with another man, Nur Hassan, in November 2013.

 

Jamshed Javeed, 30, was today sentenced to six years in prison, for planning to travel to Syria and fight alongside the extremist group which claimed large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq last summer.

As part of a group of young Muslim men from the Manchester area who, according to prosecutors, became radicalised and “determined to fight jihad” in 2013, Javeed helped his younger brother, Mohammed, 21, and two other men to make the trip to join Isis.

He had hoped to follow them with another man, Nur Hassan, in November 2013.

His relatives foiled his plans by hiding his passport and clothes he had prepared, but he persisted even after learning his wife was pregnant.


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Dramatic evidence presented to court in Javeed’s trial included an emotional argument recorded by his sister, during which his mother labelled her son a “murderer” for helping his brother travel to Syria, and concealing his own plans to join the conflict.

She told her son: “If this religion doesn't allow respect for a mother and father - this is not the religion of my prophet, peace be upon him. Yours is a different religion.”

In a text exchange, his wife Shameila said: “Jamshed, you refuse to take on board anyone's opinion unless I've got a gun and I'm in Syria.”

Two days after the argument, police arrested the teacher, who taught at a secondary school in Bolton, in December 2013 - hours before he was set to leave the UK.

 

At his home, police found a bag containing items including £1,490 in cash, thermal gloves and combat-style trousers.

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A bag belonging to chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed (PA)

 

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Bandages belonging to chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed, who has been jailed for six years at Woolwich Crown Court for planning to travel to Syria to fight for Isis. (PA)

Javeed's internet activity suggested an interest in violent jihadist extremism, with web searches included prominent figures such as the radical clerics Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, as well as the jihadi group Jabhat al Nusra.

It is believed that Javeed's younger brother, who studied mechanical engineering at Liverpool John Moores University, may have gone to Iraq with Isis, but nothing has been heard of him for more than a year.

Javeed pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, but said he was not an extremist, had never supported the aims of Isis “as now revealed and understood”, and had wanted to go to support the ordinary people of war-torn Syria.

But sentencing Javeed, Judge Michael Topolski QC ruled he poses a danger to the public in the UK and abroad, and said he was “not satisfied” that the defendant had rejected “Isis's ultimate aims”, adding that he remains “adherent to a violent jihadist mindset”.

Judge Topolski said that by the autumn of 2013, Javeed had become “sufficiently radicalised” and “[so] committed to a violent jihadist ideology” that he became “determined to travel to Syria to join Isis” and “die a martyr.”

He also said Javeed played an “important role” in enabling his younger brother and three other men to travel to Syria to fight.

“Whether you believed you were fighting in a just cause is irrelevant. The law is clear - this was terrorism.”

Judge Topolski went on to praise the “resolve and courage” shown by Javeed's family in their attempts to thwart his plans.

Referring to the recorded family argument, the judge said Javeed's mother was speaking to him “but also it may be thought speaking on behalf of many others”.

Javeed was given an extended sentence of nine years, comprising a custodial term of six years and an extended licence period of three years. He must serve at least four years.

Additional reporting by PA