A businessman who published a “terrorists’ handbook” that included information about how to make bombs has been found guilty of collecting and distributing material that could have led to attacks.
Terence Brown made CDs containing thousands of pages of information at his home in Portsmouth. Topics included “how to make a letterbomb” and “how to enter countries illegally”.
The prosecutor at Winchester crown court said the publication – called the Anarchist Cookbook – could have been used by terrorists to plan and commit atrocities.
Brown told the jury during a three-week trial that he published the book only to make money, that the information was freely available on the internet and that he did not sympathise with terrorists.
He was convicted of seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000, two counts of selling and distributing the information under the Terrorism Act 2006 and of one count under the Proceeds of Crime Act.