Three men who used the internet to urge Muslims to carry out a holy war against non-believers received substantial increases in their prison terms.

The Court of Appeal in London agreed with Solicitor General Vera Baird that the original terms imposed in what was the first case of its kind were “unduly lenient”.

Ringleader Younes Tsouli, now 24, from Shepherds Bush, west London, who ran an internet site which regularly featured beheadings, had his 10-year jail term raised to 16 years.

advertisement

Waseem Mughal, 24, of Chatham, Kent, who was given a seven-and-a-half-year sentence at Woolwich Crown Court in July for his role, had his sentence increased to 12 years.

Co-defendant Tariq Al-Daour, 22, of Bayswater, west London, who was originally jailed for six-and-a-half years, had that term increased to 10 years.

However, Al-Daour, who was also involved in a £1.8 million fraud, unrelated to terrorism, ended up with a new total sentence of 12 years as three appeal judges made an order that a two-year term for that offence should run consecutively to the 10 years.

All three had pleaded guilty to inciting another person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom which would, if committed in England and Wales, constitute murder.

It was the first time anyone in the UK was prosecuted for inciting terrorist murder purely based on the internet.

The Solicitor General said after the ruling: “I referred the sentences given to these three offenders to the Court of Appeal because I considered that the sentences did not properly reflect the seriousness of the offences, the need to punish the offenders and the need to deter others from such serious conduct.”

Advertisements