From The Manchester Evening News
A mother of six was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting concealing “a mini encyclopaedia of weapons making” in the sleeve of her burkha.
Houria Chahed Chentouf, 41, from Longsight, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing documents likely to be useful for a terrorist.
But she walked free from Manchester Crown Court after serving her time on remand following her arrest.
The court heard the Moroccan accidentally dropped a pen drive containing terror-related documents while she was being interviewed by officers at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport on October 16 last year. According to the Press Association she has lived in The Hague Holland for 20 years but was also renting a house in Manchester.
It had been tied to the inner sleeve of her burkha, but fell out as she reached down to scratch her leg, prosecutor Simon Denison told the court.
She was charged under the Terrorism Act 2000 with possessing an article which gave rise to suspicions that “the possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.
The computer memory stick contained more than 7,000 files, including an explosives manual for the “Brothers of the Mujahadeen”.
It was described by police as “a mini encyclopedia of weapons making”.
The court heard that Chentouf suffers from a mental illness, triggered by the death of a family member, and has previously self- harmed.
Her behaviour may have been affected by this and her culpability was at the lower end of the scale for this offence, the judge added.
Chentouf, wearing a full burkha, did not react to the sentencing.
Picture of her leaving court, left, from AFP.