Hackney Council employee admits to storing terrorist material


A 48 year old man, who worked for Hackney Council pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications. The Old Bailey heard Khalid Baqa, who worked as a revenue officer for the Council, had one of the discs in his office computer.

Baqa of Priory Road Barking, admitted to storing 300 discs of terrorist material in his car and home.

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

The court heard the discs included al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, 39 Ways to Support and Participate in Jihad and 42 Ways to Support Jihad, by Anwar al-Awlaki.

Andrew Hall QC, defending, said Baqa was storing the material for someone else but was reckless as to whether it would then be distributed.

Baqa was amongst a group of  people who were arrested in a counter terrorism raid last July, prior to the 2012 London Olympics, which included a 22 year old Hoxton woman.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing on 26th April.



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