Man jailed for helping Daesh share violent material on social media

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A man convicted of helping Daesh extremists to open social media accounts so they could spread Islamist propaganda online has been jailed.

In 2016 and 2017, militants contacted Rabar Mala on a secure messaging app and asked him to help them open new accounts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter after they were blocked by the sites.

Mala, 32, would insert SIM cards into a mobile phone and receive an activation code and a mobile number which he would pass on to the third party.

The third party would use that number to open a social media or a messaging account. Mala would also provide advice and assistance with the setting up of the accounts and the posting of extremist material.

Some of these activation codes were provided to third parties in Iraq and Turkey, as well as United Kingdom, according to the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses accessed by the users.

He pleaded guilty in February to two counts of use and possession of money or other property for a terrorist purpose and was given an eight-year prison sentence today, 27 April.

Manchester Crown Court heard that of the 631 unique codes that Mala helped generate, 293 were confirmation codes for Facebook, 187 for the Telegram messaging app and 73 for Twitter. A total of 360 SIM cards were found in Mala’s one bedroom flat in Warrington, Cheshire.

Sue Hemming, from the CPS, said: “Rabar Mala chose to help Daesh supporters in the UK and abroad spread their hateful and violent propaganda on social media.

“The evidence presented by the prosecution from numerous SIM cards and hundreds of thousands of online messages left Mala with little option but to accept his guilt.

“This is the first prosecution under this sub-section of the Terrorism Act and is a warning to others thinking of helping Daesh or any other terror group in this way.”

Notes to editors

  • On 7 February, Rabar Fisal Mala (dob 04/05/1985) from Warrington in Cheshire pleaded guilty to two counts of use and possession of money or other property for a terrorist purpose, contrary to section 16 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS.


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