British man guilty of funding overthrow of Syrian government

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A man from Sheffield has today (16 August) been found guilty of sending money to his brother in Syria who was fighting against the Syrian government with the hope of establishing an Islamic state.

Dental student Abdurahman Kaabar, 23, entered an arrangement to send an unspecified sum in late 2016 to his brother with the help of his friend Badroddin Kazkaz. His younger brother Mohammed Kaabar flew to Turkey in March 2016 and then travelled on to Syria where he joined terror group Jabhat al Fateh al Sham - previously known as al-Nusra - who were fighting against government forces. Kaabar admitted he know his brother was fighting with the group.

Kazkaz pleaded guilty to funding terrorism at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court but Kaabar said he had provided the funds to enable his brother to obtain medical advice only and not for any terrorist purpose. He admitted sending money to his brother but denied knowing or suspecting it might be used to fund terrorism.

Kaabar was also found guilty of a second count of funding terrorism when he offered to send a further sum to his brother in July 2017 although the transfer did not take place.

At an earlier hearing Kaabar pleaded guilty to several counts of possessing and disseminating extremist material that could have been of use to anyone planning a terror attack. The material included advice on bomb making, kidnapping and use of poisons. The prosecution argued that plea showed Kaabar’s active support of the use of violence to achieve political and religious goals.

Mohammed Kaabar is believed to be still in Syria.

Deb Walsh from the CPS said: “The prosecution was able to show that Abdurahman Kaabar and Badroddin Kazkaz believed in establishing an Islamic state through the use of violence which they were prepared to fund.

“Kaabar also admitted to having and sharing a number of violent publications. He clearly holds an extremist worldview and was prepared to play an active role in terrorism. He must now face the consequences.”

Abdurahman Kaabar and Badroddin Kazkaz will be sentenced at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Abdurahman Kaabar (DOB: 14/09/1994) was tried and found guilty of two counts of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism, contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • On 1 August 2018, Abdurahman Kaabar pleaded guilty to:
    • Three counts of possession of terrorist material useful to someone committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
    • Twelve counts of disseminating a terrorist publication intending the effect to be direct/indirect encouragement to others to the commission or preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, contrary to section 2(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
  • On 23 July 2018, Badroddin Kazkaz pleaded guilty to one count of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism, contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • Deb Walsh is the acting head of the Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division in the Crown Prosecution Service.

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