British jihadist Imran Khawaja, who returned from Syria, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to charges of terrorism.
A judge at London’s Woolwich Crown Court said Khawaja, 27, had completed terrorist training in Syria and had appeared in online propaganda for the Islamic State-linked Rayat al-Tawheed (RAT) insurgents.
In June, apparently becoming disillusioned with his six-month life in Syria, Khawaja returned to Britain after friends falsely reported his death online.
The judge said Khawaja, a former immigration centre employee from Southall in west London, had been a “willing and enthusiastic” participant in RAT recruitment films and was a risk to the British public.
“It is clear in the last few years you have been showing an increasing interest in Islamic jihadist material,” the judge told Khawaja.
“I’m also satisfied, by the time you decided to return to the UK, you had completed your terrorist training.”
Khawaja, described by his defence counsel as someone with a low IQ who was indoctrinated by jihadist propaganda, pleaded guilty to preparation of acts of terrorism, attending a terrorist training camp and undertaking weapons training.