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London native who had missile plan sentenced

Handout of Yassin Nassari
Yassin Nassari was convicted last week of possessing documents and data for terrorism.Ho / Reuters
/ Source: The Associated Press

A man caught with plans for a missile on his computer was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in a British prison after being convicted of a terrorist offense.

Yassin Nassari, 28, a London native, was convicted last week of possessing documents and data for terrorism.

“I have come to the conclusion that, sadly, like a number of young Muslims, you have somehow been indoctrinated into beliefs supporting terrorism by others,” Judge Gerald Gordon said.

“I have no doubt you wanted to immerse yourself in this fundamentalist trash, but in the material available to me there is nothing to indicate that any actual terrorist use would have been made of it by anyone.”

Nassari’s wife, Bouchra El Hor, 24, was earlier cleared of failing to disclose information about her husband that could have prevented an act of terrorism.

The couple, who lived in London, were stopped at Luton airport last year when returning from the Netherlands, where she has citizenship. On the hard drive of Nassari’s computer, police discovered plans for building a missile similar to those used in the Middle East, and information about explosives.

“From the material held on Nassari’s hard drive, a viable missile could be manufactured,” prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee told jurors.

Nassari said he knew nothing about the missile plans, and that he had loaned the computer to a friend.

As he left court, Nassari gave a thumbs-up gesture to his wife, who was seated in the public gallery.