British jihadi Imran Khawaja jailed for 12 years after faking own death to return to UK

A British jihadi who faked his own death to return to the UK after fighting in Syria has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Imran Khawaja, 27, pleaded guilty to four terror offences, including preparation for acts of terror, after he joined a training camp with the Rayat al-Tawheed (RAT) militant group.

Sentencing him today at Woolwich Crown Court, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker handed down a 12-year term for the most serious count of attending a terror training camp, with an additional five years on licence.

For the three other counts, which also included weapons training and possession of an article for terrorist purposes, Khawaja received sentences between seven and 11 years that will be served at the same time as the 12-year term. He will spend a minimum of eight years in prison.