Friday, 20 May 2016

Taxi driver Naseer Taj intended to leave his heavily pregnant wife in Bedford for a jihadi bride in Syria.
17:46, UK,Friday 20 May 2016
Naseer Taj court case.
A taxi driver who planned to leave his pregnant wife and marry a jihadi bride in Syria has been jailed for terror offences.
Naseer Taj intended to leave his heavily pregnant spouse and young son in Britain while pursuing martyrdom with the so-called Islamic State.
The 26-year-old was jailed for eight years and three months at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts and having copies of the al Qaeda magazine Inspire. 
He was also convicted of possessing a false driving licence.
Police swooped on the cabbie's one-bedroom flat in Victoria Road, Bedford, two days before he was due to travel.
He had booked a Eurostar ticket to Brussels and flight to Turkey.
The former FedEx worker had a stash of extremist material on his phone, including al Qaeda magazines which included an article about parcel bombs, UPS and FedEx.
Officers also seized travel documents and kit for his trip, including factor 50 sun cream, cash, a mosquito net and combat clothes.
Taj claimed at a trial in February that he had decided at the last minute that living in the caliphate was not for him.
But handing down a jail term, Judge Stephen Kramer said the jury had not been "fooled