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Newcastle man jailed for life for terror offences could have minimum term increased

A man and woman given life sentences after being convicted of terror offences could have their minimum jail terms increased after Attorney General Suella Braverman raised concerns.

Lawyers representing Ms Braverman on Wednesday told appeal judges that Newcastle’s Fatah Abdullah and Safiyya Shaikh had been given lenient minimum terms.

Abdullah, 35, a fanatic of so-called Islamic State, was given a nine-year minimum term in June after a judge at the Old Bailey heard how he encouraged a terror cell in Germany to commit mass murder with a car, bomb and meat cleaver.

He had pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas and engaging in conduct in preparation to assist others to commit terrorist acts.

Shaikh, 37, of Hayes, west London, was given a 14-year minimum term in July after a judge at the Old Bailey heard how she plotted a terror attack at St Paul’s Cathedral.

She had admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications on the internet.

Alison Morgan QC, who represented Ms Braverman, told Lord Justice Fulford, Mr Justice Edis and Mr Justice Foxton that Abdullah, who lived in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle, should have been given a 12-year minimum term, and Shaikh a minimum term of 18-and-a-half years.

Lawyers representing Abdullah and Shaikh disagreed and said Ms Braverman’s challenge should be dismissed.

The three appeal judges, who considered the case at a Court of Appeal hearing in London, indicated that they would deliver a ruling in the near future.

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