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Jailed Syrian 'had begun pilot training course in UK'

Jailed Syrian 'had begun pilot training course in UK'

A Muslim investigated by police following allegations that he had been radicalised and supported Islamic terrorists began a university course in "air transport and pilot training", a family court judge has been told.

The man, now 34, told immigration authorities he had travelled to the UK to escape persecution in Syria, Ms Justice Russell heard.

He started the course in September 2013 at Buckinghamshire New University - which has campuses near Heathrow - about six months after being given indefinite leave to remain in the UK and 12 years after the 9/11 attacks on New York.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Unit investigated the man in early 2014.

He was not arrested or charged with any terrorism-related offences.

But Ms Justice Russell heard that he had been convicted of separate, unrelated offences and jailed in 2015.

She was told he was still in custody and subject to a deportation order.

Detail has emerged in a ruling by Ms Justice Russell, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, following a family court hearing in Bristol.

The man and his 31-year-old wife had separated and Ms Justice Russell had been asked to make decisions about the future of their two young sons.

Ms Justice Russell said the anonymity of the children had to be protected and did not identify anyone involved.