Police officer charged with terror offences after publishing pro-Hamas image

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Police officer charged with terror offences after publishing pro-Hamas image

Mohammed Adil, of the West Yorkshire force, is suspended after allegedly posting the picture on WhatsApp

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

West Yorkshire Police vehicle
West Yorkshire Police vehicle

A West Yorkshire Police officer is to appear in court after being charged with two counts of publishing an image in support of the proscribed terror organisation Hamas.

PC Mohammed Adil, 26, from Bradford, was charged with two counts of publishing an image in support of a proscribed organisation, specifically Hamas, contrary to section 13 of the Terrorism Act.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in October and November 2023.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)  had directed an investigation, carried out by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, into messages shared on WhatsApp.

On conclusion of the investigation, it was determined the case should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

PC Adil, based in Calderdale, is currently suspended by WYP. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 2nd.

In a statement, Counter Terror Police North East also confirmed that Adil, a serving police officer with the West Yorkshire force, “is charged with two counts of publishing an image in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse a reasonable suspicion that he is a supporter of a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, contrary to section 13(1a) Terrorism Act 2000.”

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