The fake passport found in the van was a clincher for me.
They say it’s only circumstantial evidence, but in my opinion, damn good circumstantial evidence, but the jury was convinced otherwise. These toads should be in the slammer for supporting and trying to join the islaminazis of the Islamic State.
Former British boxing champion cleared of selling his belt and gloves on eBay to raise cash to join ISIS with two other Muslim converts
- Anthony Small, 33, was arrested after two men were found in back of lorry
- Michael Coe, 34, and Simon Keeler, 44, were carrying fake ID at the time
- Former boxer said he was planning to go because of a ‘family emergency’
- He was also cleared of publishing extremist material and support for IS
Anthony Small, 33, (pictured) was arrested when two men were found in a lorry carrying fake passports
A former British boxing champion has been cleared of putting his belt and gloves up for sale on eBay to raise cash to join ISIS with two other Muslim converts.
Anthony Small, 33, from east London, who boxed under the alias Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr, was arrested after two other men were found in the back of a lorry at Dover, Kent, in November last year.
The former British and Commonwealth light middleweight champion was not with Michael Coe, 34, and Simon Keeler, 44, who were carrying fake passports, in the truck, jurors heard.
But he was traced after a half-finished passport appearing to be for him was discovered in the back of a takeaway in East Ham, east London.
The Old Bailey heard Small was heading overseas to deal with a ‘family emergency’ but argued he did not have a passport and was waiting to be issued with one.
He claimed to have broken his hand days earlier after punching the floor and said this was why he did not get in the Romanian-registered lorry.
Small was also accused of publishing an online article called Attacks By Muslims In Perspective and giving an address entitled Why the Islamic State is rejected.
He was said to have published a recording of a speech called ‘Another James Foley beheading’.
The jury deliberated for nearly 50 hours to find all three British Muslim converts not guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
The Islamist activist was cleared of terror charges relating to showing support for IS and publishing extremist material.