Brothers are first Britons to be convicted for attending militant training camp in Syria
Brothers are first Britons to be convicted for attending militant training camp in Syria http://goo.gl/3GqJDb
LONDON (REUTERS) – Two brothers from London on Wednesday became the first Britons to be convicted for attending a militant training camp in Syria as Western governments increasingly warn of the threat posed by fighters returning from conflicts in the Middle East.
Finding them guilty of conspiracy to attend a terrorist training camp, the judge at London’s Old Bailey sentenced Mohommod Hassin Nawaz, 31, and his 23-year-old brother Hamza Nawaz, to four and 31/2 years in jail respectively.
The sentence comes as the British government brings in a new security Bill to tackle Britons trying to travel to Syria and Iraq, and to deal with returning fighters, who it says pose a serious risk to national security.
The brothers were arrested in September 2013 after ammunition for rifles, cash and a balaclava were found in their car at the southeastern port of Dover, where they had arrived on a ferry from Calais.