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Man who funded undercover police officer to join Daesh jailed


Today a man from West Yorkshire was sentenced to six years in prison after he gave money and advice to an undercover police officer he believed wanted to join Daesh in Syria.

Ghulam Hussain (dob 13/4/86) advised the officer on what he should pack for the journey, how long it would take to get to the Syrian border from Istanbul and gave him £160 for accommodation in Turkey.

Hussain also planned to travel to Syria himself via Istanbul in November 2016 in order to join Daesh. He bought return flights from Manchester to Pakistan to visit family, claiming that on his way back he would spend a few days in Istanbul to get dental treatment. His real plan was to disappear into Turkey and make contact with the other man in Istanbul before making their way to Syria together.

To fund his trip Hussain lied about his income to get credit cards from various banks. In one case he claimed to be an executive director with an income of £125,000 and got a credit limit of £7,500. He intended to use his various accounts to withdraw cash while in Turkey. His real income was £17,820.

Hussain pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

Sue Hemming from the CPS said: "Ghulam Hussain lied about why he was going to Turkey so that he could enter Syria, join up with Daesh and potentially commit terrorist acts.

"He told the undercover officer that he hoped to receive training and get to handle weapons. Hussain also searched online for information about the financial impact of his death on his family; anticipating the risk of being killed while fighting for Daesh.

"Today's prison sentence will ensure he no longer poses a danger to the public, at home or abroad."


Notes to Editors

  1. The case was heard at Leeds Crown Court and Ghulam Hussain was charged with two counts of 'Engaging in Conduct in Preparation of Terrorist Acts' contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. The particulars of the offences were that Hussain: between the 1st day of September 2016 and the 2nd day of November 2016 with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention, namely: (a) purchased an airline ticket to fly to Pakistan on 21st November 2016 and then to return via Turkey on 28th November 2016 and (b) obtained credit cards by providing false details of his annual income, intending to use those credit cards to finance his travel to Syria to join
  2. between the 5th day of October 2016 and the 2nd day of November 2016 with the intention of assisting another to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention, namely: (a) provided an undercover police officer known as 'IMY' with £160 in cash to be used to fund his accommodation when travelling to join Daesh in
    Syria and (b) provided an undercover police officer known as 'IMY' with practical
    advice to assist him to travel to join Daesh in Syria

  3. He was given a six year prison sentence on each of the two counts to run concurrently. He was also given a year on extended licence

  4. Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS

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