Ibrahim Hassan, a friend of one of Lee Rigby’s killers, is jailed for unrelated charges of disseminating material which encourages terrorism
The close friend who first put Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo on a path to Islamist extremism has been jailed for three years for encouraging terrorism and holy war.
Ibrahim Hassan, also known as Abu Nusaybah, was arrested two days after the Woolwich murder and moments after giving an interview to BBC Newsnight about his friend.
He had claimed on Twitter that Adebolajo had been hounded by MI5 and approached to see if he would work with them.
He has always denied any knowledge of what Adebolajo was about to do and was never arrested in connection with the Rigby murder investigation.
But at the Old Bailey on Friday, Hassan, 29, of Walthamstow, was jailed after previously admitting two unrelated terror charges for posting lectures by fanatical Islamists online and encouraging terrorism.
His co-accused Shah Jalal Hussain, 31, of Whitechapel, was also jailed for three years after previously admitting two charges of disseminating terrorist material and encouraging terrorism.
Sentencing the men at the Old Bailey, Common Sergeant of London Nicholas Hilliard QC told them: “The fact is that one piece of material of this kind is one piece too many.”You each have a relevant previous conviction. This is the second time that each of you have been before a court for an offence before the Terrorism Act – that increases the gravity of this. I am sure that both of you knew that you were playing with fire.”
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that both men are committed Islamist fanatics who were disciples of hate cleric Anjem Choudary and have fuelled hatred against the UK and the West for more than a decade.
In lectures recovered by the police, Hassan, a married father of two, he urged followers to fight Jihad overseas adding why waste your life in the West?.
He has previously also called for Sharia law to be established in the UK where rapists would be put to death and thieves would have their hands cut off, the court heard.
One video recovered from Hussain’s home showed him and his wife joking about their baby son chopping off the hands of former prime minister Tony Blair, prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones said.
In November 2012, police discovered five audio files recorded by Hassan called In Pursuit Of Allah’s Governance On Earth, which contained extremist Islamic material and had been uploaded to a file-sharing website.
Hussain and Hassan ran a website which posted lectures, articles and videos by radical clerics including Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada.
The website’s YouTube channel included a lecture by the late al Qaida propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki, the court had heard.
The pair were previously convicted and jailed in 2008 for speeches at the Regent’s Park Mosque in London in which they encouraged terrorist activity abroad.
Hassan, who was 19 at the time of the offence in 2004, spoke of assassinating Mr Blair and then-US president George Bush and called for Muslim “brothers” to obey Osama Bin Laden, the court heard.
Hussain, who was 24 at the time, said he would slaughter Mr Bush if he had a knife with him and called for support for “Osama”, the hearing was told.
Hassan introduced Adebolajo to Islam in 2004 and the pair joined the now banned Al-Muhajiroun group led by Omar Bakri Muhammed and then Choudary.
Nine years later, Adebolajo hacked Drummer Rigby to death in broad daylight in Woolwich claiming he was a soldier of Islam. He will spend the rest of his life in prison.