Leading judges have rejected a bid to overturn a suspended sentence handed to a mother of five after she posted Islamic State propaganda on a Facebook group.
Attorney General Jeremy Wright had argued that the non-custodial term imposed in the case ofÂ Farhana Ahmed was âunduly lenientâ.
Lord Justice Treacy said Ahmed had already served the equivalent of a 13-month sentence while on remand for the offences.
Any change to the sentence by the court, taking into account her guilty pleas and strong personal mitigation, would have âno practical effectâ.
In November at the Old Bailey,Â Judge Christopher Moss gave Ahmed a two-year suspended sentence after she pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism and three counts of disseminating documents.
The judge said he was moved by the âsufferingâ of her children and told Ahmed that in her âexceptionalâ case, the sooner she was returned to them the better for all concerned.
The court heard her behaviour came from a difficult period of her life and she had now rejected extremism.
Lord Justice Treacy, Â announcing the decision of the court, said one of the important factors to take into consideration in the case was the position of Ahmedâs children, for whom she is the sole carer.
If Ahmed, from north-west London, was returned to custody âby the order of this courtâ, they would be separated for a second time with further âharmful effectsâ.
The judge said terrorism-related offences would normally carry immediate prison sentences.
But he announced: âWhilst in our judgment this case could and should have been met by an immediate custodial sentence, so as to reflect the nature and gravity of the offending, that sentence could properly have been equivalent to time already served â that is the equivalent of a term slightly under 13 months.â