AN IMAM accused of a string of terror offences including allegedly encouraging his flock to support the Islamic State in a series of sermons appeared in court today.
Kamran Sabir Hussain faces eight terror related offences in connection with his work leading a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent.
Appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court today wearing a light grey prison sweatsuit, he spoke only to confirm his name after giving the peace symbol to his brother in the public gallery.
The court heard Hussain is accused of drumming up support for the sick death cult, as well as influencing his congregation to carry out terrorist acts on behalf of ISIS, also known as Daesh.
All charges relate to six sermons delivered at the mosque, located on the High Street in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, between June 24 and September 16 last year.
At the brief hearing, the 39-year-old’s defence lawyer Matt Foot said Hussain will plead not guilty to two counts of addressing a meeting at the mosque, with the alleged purpose being to “encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely Islamic State, or to further its activities”.
He will also plead not guilty to six counts publishing a statement in which he “intended or was reckless as to whether members of the public would be, directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism.”
Hussain, of Knightsbridge Way, Tunstall, was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on March 17.
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Wednesday, February 22, 2017