A British supporter of the ISIS terrorist group has been jailed for eight years after sending “extremely graphic” execution videos to an undercover officer.
Ibrahim Anderson, 44, was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison with a Serious Crime Prevention Order for a period of five years upon his release.
He will serve two-thirds of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Anderson was arrested on Oct. 21, 2020, and pleaded guilty in April to 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications, four counts of possessing terrorist information, and one count of breaching the terror notification requirements that he was subject to after being released from his previous prison sentence.
The Luton mechanic—born Andrew Anderson—was jailed for three years in 2016 for inviting support for ISIS outside Topshop in London’s Oxford Street in 2014. Anderson has also served a sentence for robbery in the 1990s, during which he converted to Islam.
The father of five shared videos of “extremely graphic” incidents such as beheadings, suicide bombings, and glorification of past battles with an undercover policewoman.
The propaganda—with titles including “Flames Of War,” “Answer The Call,” and “Procession Of Light”—also featured a father encouraging his children to follow him into martyrdom.
Sentencing Anderson, Judge Philip Katz QC said some of the footage he shared are “at the worst end of the range seen in this court.”
In a message to the undercover officer, Anderson also pledged: “We will, with the help of Tawhid [the belief in the oneness of God], raise the black flag over London.”
More terrorist material had been found during searches of his property and devices, including magazines containing instructions on terrorist attacks.
Patrick Harte, defending Anderson, said his client said the materials must have been downloaded with the videos, and that he never opened or shared them.
Harte said his client was “contrite,” more open-minded about other religions, and expressed his remorse.
But he added that Anderson “turned to the internet for some sort of release” during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, when he spoke with the undercover officer.
The judge said Anderson was “spending too much time in the dark regions of the internet.”
PA contributed to this report.