Social-Media Message Leads to 7-Year Terrorism Sentence for London Man

LONDON (AP) -

A London man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for terrorism offenses after an investigation that started with a complaint about a social-media message.

Mohammed Kamal Hussain was sentenced in Kingston Crown Court Monday after being found guilty of encouraging terrorism and supporting a banned organization.

The investigation started when a man emailed the Home Office after receiving a private message on social media urging him to join the Islamic State terror group. Police found that the 28-year-old Hussain sent that message and had posted numerous messages praising IS.

The person who notified the Home Office did not live in Britain and said he did not know the sender of the message.

The case was given to the Met Police’s counterterrorism unit that specializes in removing online terrorist material.