Material produced and distributed by Ahmed Faraz ended up in the hands of almost every major terrorist in Britain.
Among his customers were Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the July 7 bomb plot, and members of the trans-Atlantic airline gang, who cited his texts in their suicide videos.
Court of Appeal judges found the prosecution in his original trial had been wrongly allowed to rely on the fact that the books had been found in the homes of high profile terrorists, without there being any suggestion that the offenders had actually been encouraged by the books to commit their terrorist acts.
Faraz was convicted of 11 counts of possessing and disseminating terrorist publications at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in 2011.
He was sentenced to three years in jail for running an operation to publish extremist texts and violent DVDs and distribute them around the world with the aim of “priming” terrorists for action.
This conviction has now been quashed.
Which just goes to show how we can and should insist upon the letter of the law, not its spirit.
If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, it will protect all of you.