A father from Bradford has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.
Mohammad Owais Sabir, 25, from Manningham, spoke via a video hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today to confirm his name and address.
Mr Sabir, of Mansfield Road, has been charged with nine offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 including entering funding arrangements, fundraising and possession of articles for terrorist purposes.
Prosecution lawyer Warren Stanier told the court Mr Sabir was arrested on 29 September 2021 and again on 22 February of this year after police looked into his financial transactions.
Shannon Revel, defending, said Mr Sabir is the son of “elderly parents who are first generation immigrants from Pakistan” and that his father works in a takeaway.
Ms Reve added that Mr Sabir has a wife and a daughter and has recently “been in education to become a Muslim community leader”.
District Judge Richard Griffiths sent Mr Sabir’s case to be tried by a jury at the Old Bailey later this month due to the seriousness of the alleged offences.
Judge Griffiths said: “These matters are too serious to be dealt with in this court, and your case will be dealt with at the Central Criminal Court. In the event of conviction, a lengthy period of imprisonment seems to be inevitable.”
Mr Sabir was remanded in custody until his next hearing at the Old Bailey on 14 March.