Medical student accused of terror offences in Halifax is cleared

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A medical student has been cleared of terror offences at the High Court in Glasgow.

A jury found Yousif Badri, 29, not guilty of two charges under the Terrorism Act after a trial.

The first charge alleged that he downloaded information useful to a person “committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.

He was accused of engaging in conduct “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism” under a second charge.

The offences were said to have taken place between April 2006 and June 2013 at addresses in Aberdeen and Halifax.

Mr Badri was on the verge of graduating from medical school when he was arrested as he left a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Aberdeen in June 2013.

He told jurors that he had no extremist sympathies and had accessed the material to study the “hypocrisy” of terrorist messages.

Responding to the verdict, Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson, who leads Police Scotland’s organised crime, counter terrorism and safer communities teams, said: “We note the outcome of the proceedings today at the High Court in Glasgow and will consider any issues arising from the case.

“Police Scotland carried out an intensive investigation following intelligence about the activities of an individual of concern and the matter was fully reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

“Police Scotland works with a wide range of partners in the UK counter terrorism network in order to keep people safe and reduce the threat posed by extremist and terrorist activity.

“Local policing teams and specialist officers work closely to ensure that the community impact of such investigations is closely monitored and any issues which arise are responded to appropriately and sensitively.”