‘Naive’ Brit who sent money to jihadi sister in Syria jailed for 30 months

A British man who sent money to his jihadi sister in Syria has been jailed for 30 months.

Salim Wakil, from Fleet in Hampshire, was arrested after he transferred £2,500 to his ISIS member sister Sumaiyyah, who left the UK in 2014, when she was 16.

Wakil, 25, claimed he was giving his sister money to help her return to Britain.

She had left a note saying that she wanted to die a martyr and asked her loved ones not to tell the authorities, the Old Bailey heard.

The letter was later found when police searched her family’s home after they complied with her request.

After Wakil was found guilty of funding terrorism, Judge Rebecca Poulet QC described him as "undoubtedly naive" but said he was not in "any sense himself supportive of Islamic State".

His sister – who has married two British ISIS fighters since she went to Syria including Mehdi Hassan, 19, who has since been killed – has been in contact with her family, jurors heard.

After Wakil’s older brother Shamim refused to help her by sending money, she asked him.

But he first responded: "You’ve already ruined our lives and you want it to happen again? Haha think again." 

He changed his mind, however, and made a number of withdrawals before transferring cash to an intermediary.

He used a friend’s name in the transaction in a "deliberate attempt by the defendant to conceal his actions, demonstrating he knew perfectly well what he was doing was wrong", the Old Bailey heard.

Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), said: "Salim Wakil was manipulated by his sister into sending money to her, which could very easily be used for terrorism purposes.

"By making the decision to send money and ignoring the advice of the police, Salim Wakil broke the law."

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