former carpet fitter who made a video calling for a terror attack on London’s Royal Festival Hall and posted it to Whatsapp has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
Shehroz Iqbal, 29, posted the cell phone footage to an extremist group on the messaging service on March 11 this 12 months with the phrases “Attack, attack”.
Iqbal, of Ilford, east London, had denied encouraging terrorism on WhatsApp and disseminating Islamic State propaganda on Facebook however was convicted after a trial on the Old Bailey.
On his arrest he had claimed he mentioned when repeating “attack” on the video as a result of he was practising canine instructions as he wished a pet German Shepherd.
The courtroom heard the posts had been uncovered on his telephone when Iqbal was pulled over later that month for possession of medication.
During his trial on the Old Bailey, prosecutor Kate Wilkinson described Iqbal as an extremist who was “volatile and prone to act on his extremism”.
He spent an hour-and-a-half on the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank close to the Royal Festival Hall and Waterloo Bridge making the clip.
In the footage performed in courtroom, Iqbal mentioned: “This is my spot Akhi (brothers) Central London. Attack, attack.”
He then despatched the video to a WhatsApp group of 22 associates.
While on bail for the medicine issues and the video, Iqbal posted a 2015 propaganda video depicting Islamic State fighters on social media.
On his arrest in April, Iqbal claimed he had been excessive on medicine when he posted the Facebook video with out taking a look at it.
He defined the video on the Hayward Gallery by saying he had gone for a experience that day and made the movie to indicate off his bike.
He claimed that the reference to “attack attack” was him practising canine instructions as he wished a German Shepherd like a pet named Rocky he had when he lived in Pakistan.
He declined to provide proof at trial.
At his sentencing listening to on Friday, the courtroom heard Iqbal had been topic to 2 suspended sentences on the time of the offences for harassing members of a synagogue in Gants Hill.
Iqbal additionally had a string of earlier convictions for shoplifting, threatening behaviour and driving offences, in addition to possession of medication issues stretching again to 2010.
Laurie-Anne Power, for Iqbal, mentioned he had been “seeking the approval” of different folks within the WhatsApp group by making and posting the video.
Jailing him for six years with a three-year prolonged licence interval, Judge Philip Katz QC mentioned: “You have a long history of unpleasant, anti-Semitic threats and harassment.”
Judge Katz mentioned he didn’t consider Iqbal’s method to an anti-radicalisation programme to be a “genuine change of attitude”.
“I infer to the criminal standard that when dealing with the authorities you will say whatever you think suits you best at the time,” he mentioned.
He continued: “You blame your offending on all the pieces from medicine to psychological points to your difficulties opening a checking account, and most mockingly to you being the topic of racism.
“The irony being your own overt racism, some of it towards other Muslims.”
Judge Katz jailed him for an extra 30 months for one rely of conspiracy to produce class A medicine and two counts of possession, taking Iqbal’s whole custodial sentence to eight-and-a-half years.