An Islamist terror convict who tried to claim a video inciting terrorism was practice for commanding a dog he didn’t have has been jailed.
Shehroz Iqbal, of Ilford, east London, had shared video footage to the extremist WhatsApp group ‘Dark to Light’, taking in footage of Waterloo Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, and Haywards Gallery in London, saying “This my spot Akhi [brothers], central London. Attack, attack!”
‘Dark to Light’ featured extremist posts celebrating the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks (“Happy 9/11, it’s a sweet 18 party”) and disparaging moderate Muslim clerics as “grave-worshipping dogs”, among other disturbing content, according to court reporters.
Iqbal, however, claimed that the “Attack, attack” video he shared with the group was innocent, and that he was merely practising commands for a German shepherd dog he did not actually own, but hoped to get one day.
He claimed he had owned a