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Woman charged after a public referral was made to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have charged a woman with a terrorism offence as part of an investigation into online support of proscribed terrorist group Hamas.

On 17 October 2023, a public referral was made into the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), highlighting posts linked to a social media account that were allegedly showing support towards Hamas. The posts were assessed by specialist officers in the CTIRU, who believed the posts could be in breach of terrorism legislation and the case was passed for further investigation.

Further enquiries were carried out to identify the user behind the account, which led officers to arresting a then 22-year-old woman from north west London on 2 November 2023. The woman was released on bail and after making further enquiries, she was charged in March with a terrorism offence.

Commander Dominic Murphy, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This investigation came as a result of members of the public referring social media content into our Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit. Any content referred gets carefully assessed and I hope this example shows that we take this extremely seriously and that we will take action if and where we identify potential terrorist or criminal activity.”

The Metropolitan police encourages people who see material online that they are concerned may be terrorist or extremist to report it to the team online

Sara El-Houssein, 23, of north west London was charged on Thursday, 21 March with publishing an image of an article in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse a reasonable suspicion that she is a supporter of a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, contrary to section 13(1A) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

El-Houssein was released on bail and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 19 April.

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