A Birmingham man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of preparing for terrorist attacks by attempting to make bombs at his home.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court took around five-and-a-half hours to unanimously convict Syrian immigrant Hassan Tabbakh, 38, of a single charge brought under the Terrorism Act.
A two-week trial was told that Tabbakh, of Camelot Way, Small Heath, was arrested last December. Police later found three bottles of liquid chemicals with hand-written notes at the home of Tabbakh, who claimed he was making fireworks for a religious festival.
After the verdict was returned, it emerged that Tabbakh was granted asylum in the UK in 2005. He had arrived in Britain in either 1999 or 2000, initially living in Hull.
The former chemistry student, who claims to have been tortured in his homeland, denied a single charge under Section 5 of the 2006 Terrorism Act, namely preparation of acts of terrorism.
Prosecutor Max Hill QC told the jury at the start of the trial that the evidence against Tabbakh was straightforward and compelling.
Mr Hill said police found numerous items following Tabbakh's arrest on December 18 last year which showed that he was preparing to wage "al Qaida-style" jihad.
Among the items which proved that Tabbakh had a vibrant interest in Islamic extremism were his music and computer files, which included speeches by Osama bin Laden and the former leader of al Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Links to footage of attacks on coalition forces were also found on the former university student's computer, while his MP3 player contained a Jihadi song which included the chorus "This is the meaning of terrorism".
Most importantly, Mr Hill said, a cupboard in the hallway of the defendant's flat contained three plastic bottles filled with bomb-making materials, as well as instructions written in Arabic.
Concluding his opening speech, Mr Hill told the jury: "The Crown's case is that this defendant was caught in the process of a practical attempt to create improvised explosive devices.
"Because he was caught in the act, it follows that the defendant had not completed his task, so the bombs were not finally constructed.
"Equally, because he was caught in the act, neither the written instructions nor the bomb mixtures had reached their destination - when or where the bombs were going to be used is not known."
Tabbakh was told by the Recorder of Birmingham, Judge Frank Chapman, that the devices he created could have been developed into viable bombs capable of causing destruction and death.
Jailing Tabbakh, Judge Chapman said it was fortunate that the activities had been "nipped in the bud" before he had devised a working bomb.