Jamshed Javeed, a chemistry teacher from Manchester, was jailed for six years in 2015 for helping people travel to Syria to join the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). One of them was his own younger brother, Mohammed, who reportedly became a suicide bomber in Syria.
When he was arrested, police found images of IS fighters and a severed head on his phone.
These activities tore his family apart. Other family members strongly opposed him and even hid his passport and kit he hoped to take to Syria when he planned to join the jihad himself, leaving his pregnant wife behind. His father also threatened to testify against him in court. In the last row, his final words to his family were “ring the police, then”.
When he was sentenced, the judge said he remained “adherent to a violent jihadist mindset” and found him “dangerous”. The judge and the GMP alike praised the family for attempting to stop him.
Moazzam Begg, the outreach director of CAGE, encountered him when both men were being held in Belmarsh prison and said he was one of the “most thoughtful and least dogmatic” prisoners he had met.
When Jamshed Javeed was sentenced, CAGE published a press release: “Jamshed Javeed sentence another brick in the two tier justice system” [archived here]. The press release stated that that they were “astonished” by his punishment. It claimed the sentence of imprisonment was “disproportionate and will be perceived as an injustice leading to further alienation of Muslims in Britain”. They argued that Jamshed Javeed only wanted “to support the victims of the Assad regime”.
In relation to the image of the severed head that had been found on Jamshed Javeed’s phone, the press release complained about a “double standard” whereby “social media activity is taken as an indicator of radicalisation” and argued that the “browsing habits of individuals is [sic] influenced by a multitude of factors”.