A Manchester shop worker who was caught with a “call to arms” letter for the jihad in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

Pakistan-born Abdul Rahman, 25, pleaded guilty to possessing the letter with a view to circulating it to encourage others to fight.

It had been sent by his friend and former housemate Aslam Awan, who was fighting in Afghanistan and is now banned from entering the UK.


When arrested in January this year Rahman had a jiffy bag ready to send back containing two hunting knives and mobile phones.

Rahman came to the UK in September 2004 on a four-year student visa to study at Dundee University – but quit the course after one day, moving to Cheetham Hill, Manchester, where he began working in a mobile phone shop.

He pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to possessing articles for the purpose of terrorism, dissemination of terrorist propaganda and aiding or abetting the breach of a control order just before he was to go on trial.

Rahman faced the more serious charge of assisting another to commit or prepare a terrorist act, which carries a maximum life sentence on conviction.

He formally entered a not guilty plea to the offence. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aiding and abetting another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to break a control order.

It was part of a plea bargain agreed whereby he confessed to the three charges after the judge, his Honour Clement Goldstone QC, indicated that the defendant would only be jailed for a maximum of six years if he was to plead guilty and avoid a trial.