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Daesh member who had names of Kurdish soldiers jailed


A Daesh member from Birmingham has been jailed after he collated details of Kurdish troops and their families for potential use by the terrorist group.

Awat Hamasalih was today (03 August) sentenced to six years at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of four counts under the Terrorism Act on 16 June.

The court heard he had a laptop and storage devices containing spreadsheets which included the details of Kurdish military personnel, the Peshmerga, who were fighting against Daesh in northern Iraq. Those details included their names, addresses, the names of their parents, rank and position, marital status, blood group and mobile numbers. It was reasonable to suspect that his possession of this material was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Hamasalih also expressed support for the aims and activities of Daesh, defended them, encouraged others to follow them, and involved himself with others to advance those aims through dissemination of pro-Islamic extremist material, fundraising, advice, help and recruitment. This amounted to membership and not merely sympathy.

Sue Hemming, from the CPS said: "The CPS was able to show that Awat Hamasalih did not just sympathise with Daesh but his active involvement in their violent ideology was sufficient to prove membership of the group.

"He had personal details of Kurdish soldiers fighting Daesh in Iraq which could have been used to attack or cause harm to those named. The information was important enough for him to store it in a number of devices.

"The conviction and today's sentence reflect the seriousness of his offending."


Notes to Editors

  1. On 16 June 2017 Awat Hamasalih (dob 18/02/1982) was found guilty of offences under section 11 (membership of a proscribed organisation - one count) and section 57 (possessing material that could be used in the commission, preparation or instigation of a terrorist act - three counts) of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  2. On the first count he received 6 years and for each of the remaining three counts he received 4 years with a further year on extended licence. The sentences are to run concurrently.
  3. Hamasalih is an Iraqi Kurd. He arrived in the UK from Iraq in 2002. He was granted asylum in the UK in 2007 and became a naturalised UK citizen in 2008. He holds a UK passport.
  4. Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS
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