Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Fulford agreed that the material found at Umran Javed’s home was old and had not been accessed since he had served a jail sentence for inciting murder during a protest march but he added that the two documents contained extremist views and encouragement for terrorism.
Father-of-two Javed had been sentenced in 2007 to six years jail – reduced to four on appeal – for encouraging the bombing of the United States and Denmark during a march against the publication of a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed.
He was released on license on condition that he allowed police access to any of his technology and communication equipment.
But when officers searched his home in Derby on April 20, 2010, they found copies of a 169-page book called Zaad-e-Mujahid: The essential Provision of the Mujahid.
Then on March 8 this year, a second search uncovered another file called Incitement of the Heroic Mujahideen in Reviving the Tradition of Assassinations on a portable hard drive.
The document listed the targets that could be legitimately killed, including United States, British and French diplomats.
Javed, 33, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of possessing a document likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice Fulford said: “There is no evidence that the defendant was a member of a terrorist group or that he associated with those who were contemplating activity of that kind. There is no indication that he intended to pass them on to anyone else.”
He said he accepted that it was likely that Javed was now “more balanced in his views” than when he was sentenced in 2007 and added that the terrorist documents appeared to have been created in about 2005 and were last accessed in 2009.
Javed is married with two daughters, aged seven and two, and has set up his own website design business.
He is also involved with the multi-faith department at the University of Derby, volunteers for the Kurdish House Association and teaches children maths and English.
A court order bans the publication of Javed’s address in Derby. At the time of his previous conviction, he was living in Birmingham.