Sunderland dad pleads not guilty to terror charges relating to alleged support for Islamic State

A dad-of-six from Sunderland has pleaded not guilty to a raft of alleged terror offences over his alleged support for Islamic State in Syria.

Self-employed businessman Mohammed Kahar, 37, from Burnville Road in the Eden Vale area of the city, appeared before the Old Bailey via video link from Wandsworth prison.

He is accused of 11 offences – five of disseminating terrorist publications, one of preparation of terrorist acts, three of supporting Islamic State – a proscribed organisation, one of financing terrorism and one count of the collection of information on a mobile phone.

The charges span a period between November 2013 and February 2014.

Documents allegedly disseminated include The Book Of Jihad and the IS magazine Dabiq 5.

A trial lasting up to four weeks is already provisionally set for October 19.

The defendant spoke only to confirm his name and answer not guilty to each charge as they were read out to him.

Trial judge Mrs Justice Andrews adjourned the case until the trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

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