Two IS supporters jailed for sending money to fighters in Iraq

Two supporters of the so-called Islamic State group have been handed substantial jail sentences after sending money to help fighters in Iraq.

Ayub Nurhussein, 29, and Said Mohammed, 30, admitted funding terrorism by transferring £2,700 in three instalments.

The money was sent via Denmark between April and July last year.

Chicken shop delivery worker Nurhussein, of Urlwin Road, south-west London, also pleaded guilty to four charges of having terrorist bomb-making manuals as well as three of sharing grisly IS propaganda by WhatsApp to his landlord.

He was handed an extended sentence of 13 years – nine and a half years in prison with a further three and a half-years on extended licence – for possessing the terror documents.

He was also jailed for seven years and three months for terror funding and four years and six months for the dissemination charges.

All the sentences will run concurrently.

Mohammed, from Longsight, Manchester, whose contact in Iraq was said to be connected with the IS hierarchy, was jailed for five years and three months.

The Old Bailey heard that both defendants were Eritreans who had sought asylum in Britain.

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson said the defendants became deeply radical and had supported IS in whatever ways they could.

He said: They wished to travel to Islamic State territory to join them. From the United Kingdom, the two of them, together, offered their support financially.

They arranged for the provision of, and provided funds for, their Mujahideen, or fighter, brothers, who remained in Iraq fighting for that organisation.

The pair hatched a plan to send money, after Mohammed’s contact in Iraq, named only as Wassim, urged him to help raise funds from brothers from abroad to support IS efforts.

Mr Richardson said Wassim arranged for a go-between in Denmark to enable money to be sent to IS with no problems.

Sentencing on Friday, Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said: Based on all the material I have seen, I conclude that both men have deeply held radicalised beliefs and that they were and possibly still are committed to the cause of the proscribed organisation Islamic State.

It is quite clear that both men were wholehearted supporters of this terrorist cause and that both wished the funds to go to support the fighters of that organisation.

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