Muslim convert from Luton ‘sought IS support among West End shoppers’

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A Muslim convert tried to drum up support for Islamic State among crowds of Saturday afternoon shoppers outside Topshop in London’s Oxford Street, a court has heard.

Lutonians Ibrahim Anderson, 38 and Jahan Kahn, 63, were among a group which set up a stall near the flagship fashion store on the afternoon of August 9 2014, the Old Bailey was told.

For around two and a half hours they engaged with passers-by to invite support for the banned group, jurors were told.

They also distributed a leaflet encouraging support for the “so-called Caliphate” after it had been re-established on June 29 2014, prosecutor Mark Seymour said.

He said: “IS, Isis, Isil is a proscribed organisation and inviting support for a proscribed organisation is prohibited by law.

“These defendants, who both played their part as members of the group which invited support for IS in Oxford Street on August 9 2014, would have been well aware that this is what they were doing.”

Anderson’s home was later searched and a mini notebook computer was seized which contained three images that “formed part of a set of instructions for travel to Syria to support jihad”, the prosecutor said.

Anderson denies possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist on December 16 2014.

He and Khan also deny inviting support for a proscribed organisation on or around August 9 2014.

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