Funding Somalia terror leads to jail

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A FORMER teaching assistant was jailed for five years and three months yesterday for donating £9,000 to fund terrorism in Somalia. Shabaaz Hussain, 28, gave the money to three friends who had gone to the African country to allegedly join in terror acts.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith told him he had an “industrious and productive” life before committing the offences.

The judge said: “You certainly realised, in my judgment, that some of it (the money) would be used either directly or indirectly to help to resource acts of terrorism.”

In total Hussain, of Jamaica Street, Stepney, east London, donated US$14,380 (£9,114) which went to Muhammed Jahangir, Tufual Ahmed, and Mohammed Shahim – “the Somali Three”.

At a previous hearing, prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse described Hussain’s home as “practically dripping” with extremist material.

In mitigation, Imran Khan said he was looking after the material for others and there was no evidence he had viewed any of it.

He had donated the money as subsistence funds for the trio, “with the suspicion that they might be used for others in the general support of terrorism”.