Sunderland shopkeeper jailed over IS terror posts

May 4, 2018 | Brainwave Science



A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State in IS terror posts and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, 40, of Nora Street, Sunderland admitted encouraging acts of terror and inciting religious hatred via his social media accounts. Furthermore, he shared messages on social media in which he said Shia Muslims should be burnt alive. The accused had served long sentences in the past for drugs supply offenses. He then moved to the northeast to make a break from gangs.

In March last year, he posted on Facebook a statement about martyrs and an image of the flag associated with IS. He also reposted a tweet which included an IS call to attack US bases in Bahrain. Furthermore, Khan also tweeted on January 2, 2017, in one of his IS terror posts: “Welcome to the year of fear, IS will make this one the deadliest ever. Mr. Kuffar (non-believers) prepare for real war.”

Following his arrest at his convenience store for the IS terror posts and more, police found pro-IS videos on his computer. Giving evidence, he said he “may have come across inadvertently supporting them”.




Terrorism is a global poison affecting nations worldwide. The war in the name of IS is taking more and more victims every year. Furthermore, terrorists are on the rise and often blend among regular people. With the new technology and communication developments, they find new ways to perpetuate their plans. In addition, they recruit more believers through Social Media platforms, converting the young.

For specialized law enforcement, it is even harder today to keep citizens and nations safe. The investigative means at their disposal often fail where it should help uncover terrorist plans or finding out the truth. Just think about the polygraph or the DNA test – both proven inefficient in a variety of cases. More than often, leads get dropped due to insufficient evidence.

So how can law enforcement fight the terrorist threat and keep one step ahead of its expansion?




As terrorists find new ways of spreading their poison in the world, so must law enforcement across the globe update their security means to an unprecedented level. iCognative developed by Brainwave Science offers a unique and intelligent security method that is able to distinguish between suspects and innocents.

The technology developed by Brainwave Science relies on information stored in the human brain. More than often, an event remains recorded in the brain even years after it happens. By tapping into this information, iCognative is able to associate specific crimes, facts or events with what the subjects of the test know and help deliver the truth.

In the case of the Sunderland shopkeeper jailed over IS terror posts, potentially a iCognative Test could have connected him to the truth in an unprecedented way. With its use, law enforcement can conduct a test on any person of interest relevant to the case. In this case, our subject is the actual perpetrator: Mohammed Zahir Khan.

In the 15 minutes necessary to build the test case, the investigative agent puts into the system confidential information that only the investigators and the perpetrator would know and that is relevant to the case. This information represents the stimuli and represents everything known about the case so far: the IS terror posts spread on the internet; the message claiming Shia Muslims should be burnt alive; the image of the flag associated with IS; his statement about martyrs; the video materials found on his computer; the tweet that included the IS call to attack US bases in Bahrain. Depending on the available form of this information, it will be input into the system as pictures or words.

During the test, the collected stimuli are displayed on a computer screen. At the end of the test, the system analyzes the brain’s response to each stimulus. iCognative is able to catch that “aha” moment that happens when the information is present and the suspect’s brain has released a tiny positive potential. With 99.9% accuracy, iCognative can determine the truth in the case of Mohammed Zahir Khan. In addition, the test can also help determine furthermore his connections to IS and what other terrorist masterminds could be involved in the global or local network.

With the use of this modern security solution, specialized personnel from  Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Border Security can keep their nations safe from terrorists and other threats.




The Northern Echo UK