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Hate preacher was heading to Romania

PUBLISHED: 15:51 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 24 December 2015

Omar Brooks, otherwise known as Abu Izzadeen

Omar Brooks, otherwise known as Abu Izzadeen

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A British hate preacher, who was arrested in Hungary hours after the Paris terror attacks, faces time behind bars for leaving the UK without notifying the authorities.

A British hate preacher, who was arrested in Hungary hours after the Paris terror attacks, faces time behind bars for leaving the UK without notifying the authorities.

Omar Brooks, 40, who was born Trevor Brooks, of Fletching Road, Clapton, was arrested with fellow extremist Simon Keeler, 44, of Solander Gardens, Shadwell, at Lokoshaza border station on November 14 on board a Romania-bound train after leaving the UK without informing police.

When the pair were arrested Brooks, also known as Abu Izzadeen, produced a copy of the Qu’ran as his form of identification.

Brooks and Keeler both have convictions for terrorist offences and are associated with the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun.

Last month prosecutor Adam Harbison explained: “They must notify the authority in this country before they leave if they are going to be out of this jurisdiction for more than three days.

“There is no evidence to indicate that they ever intended to return.

“It was clearly a deliberate attempt to put themselves beyond the reach of the UK authority.”

Keeler had nine pairs of socks with him.

“This was seen by the prosecution as a signal that there was no immediate intention on Keeler’s part to return to the UK,” Mr Harbison said.

They admitted breaching notification requirement under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008.

Hackney-born Brooks has a Jamaican background, and was raised as a Christian but converted to Islam when he was 17.

He was jailed in 2008 for four-and-a-half-years for funding terrorism and inciting attacks against US and UK armed forces, and changed address earlier this year without informing the police.

Keeler has also served time in prison for funding terrorism and was jailed for 15 months after admitting possession of false identity documents.

The father-of-five, also known as Sulayman Keeler, was once described as “Britain’s first white Muslim terrorist.”

He was acquitted in July of planning to travel to Syria to join Isis after being found in the back of a lorry at Dover.

Keeler, born to a Roman Catholic family in Crawley, West Sussex, told a Hungarian court after his arrest that he did not want to be returned to England.

He said security measures here were “very much over the top” and that he hoped to join his wife and children in Turkey.

Omar Brooks and Simon Keeler will now be sentenced on January 8 after the hearing was adjourned due to an administrative blunder.

Defence lawyers for the pair had not been notified so sentencing was postponed until the new year.

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