Wannabe jihadi bride ‘advised British-born fighter on how to get into Syria to fight for Islamic rebels’

‘Online chats’: Angela Shafiq (Picture: Getty)

A wannabe jihadi bride in Hounslow advised a British-born fighter on how to get into Syria to fight for the Islamic rebels, the Old Bailey heard today.

Angela Shafiq, 22, had never even met Nahin Ahmed but they discussed possible marriage plans in online chats, the jury was told.

In Skype conversations she advised him on how to pose as a humanitarian worker and the best way to get a visa to the war zone, the court heard.

Shafiq has pleaded not guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism in conversations between December 2012 and May 2014.

The court heard that Ahmed and his friend Yusuf Sarwar, both from Birmingham, had both gone to Syria via Turkey in May 2013.

On their return to the UK in January last year they were arrested and later pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism.

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Jailed: Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar

Christopher Hehir, prosecuting, told the jury that Shafiq had “willingly and deliberately helped Ahmed in his preparations to travel to Syria to become involved in the fighting.”

He added: “”The prosecution does not suggest that her assistance was substantial or that it was essential to his plans, indeed they never actually met in person, but she certainly did give assistance.

“She gave his advice during online chats. They communicated by Skype. For most of the time she did not even know his real name. It was only late in the day that he told her his full name.

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“Although they never met their conversations were quite intense at times. They discussed the possibility of marriage and of Shafiq herself travelling to Syria.”

Shafiq and Ahmed first met on Facebook and in January 2012  she started giving advice on how he could get into Syria without arousing suspicion, said the prosecutor.

”She was suggesting that if he went on a First Aid course and get a certificate he could pass himself off as a humanitarian worker or someone going there to help people, rather than as the would be fighter he actually was if he was stopped and questioned by the authorities at any point on his way into Syria” he said.

“It’s clear from the conversation that Shafiq was under the firm belief that Ahmed was not planning to go to Syria for humanitarian purposes. It’s on that conversation that the case turns.”

Shafiq also advised Ahmed with the best way to get a visa after clarifying with him that he was a British citizen but Bangladeshi-born.

At one point Ahmed refers to Sarwar as being “a bit chubby.”

Mr Hehir said that “without being unfair to Sarwar he was on the chubby side before he left the UK although he had slimmed down quite a bit by the time he came back and was arrested.”

The case continues.

source: London Evening Standard

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