Man jailed over laptop terror links

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A former baggage handler caught with links to an electronic bomb-making manual and videos on his computer, and who emailed similar links to an al Qaida magazine, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

But French-Algerian Lyes Outiren, 44, who also made online comments describing murdered serviceman Fusilier Lee Rigby as “that filth British soldier” could walk free in months after Kingston Crown Court heard that he has been on remand – including almost a year in Broadmoor – since his November 2013 arrest.

Judge Paul Dodgson said that there was no doubt as to the intentions of Outiren, who made remarks against Jews and Shia Muslims and blamed “western governments and intelligence services” for the Syria conflict in police interviews.

Judge Dodgson said: “There is no doubt that if someone had accessed these links the potential could have been extremely serious.”

He added: “These links were not only manuals but videos that anyone with average intelligence could have followed and with a degree of competence built an explosive device.

“Your intention clearly was that someone should access the files you sent to Inspire.”

The court heard “loner” Outiren, of Newquay, Cornwall, previously worked in London from 2007 to 2009 for a firm called Excess Baggage, where his job included inspecting luggage using x-ray machines.

Counter-terrorism police who checked his laptop found links to bomb-making videos and manuals from an online cloud which he emailed to himself. He had also emailed links to similar material to Inspire, al Qaida’s online magazine.

They included viable instructions on making fertiliser bombs, the court heard.

But because Outiren has been on remand for 14 months, and was given credit for early guilty pleas to charges of possessing and disseminating terrorist material, he could be free in four months, the court heard. The French national will then be deported.

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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