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Two brothers convicted of aiding terrorists after retrial


Tuhin Shahensha, 27, and Mustakim Janam, 23, were today found guilty of helping in the preparation of acts of terrorism following a retrial at Kingston Crown Court. They will be sentenced on 18 November.

The two men, who are brothers, were found to have helped a number of other men leave the UK to travel to Syria to meet up with a third brother, in order to fight for ISIS. This included selling their belongings in order to fund travel for others and lying to police when questioned in order to try and hide the true intent of the trip. Shahensha had also been buying equipment in preparation for his own travel to Syria.

Sue Hemming, CPS Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said: "These men spent a great deal of time and money in order to assist those who wished to go out to Syria to commit terrorist acts.

"Their admiration for their brother, who had travelled to Syria and was killed while fighting for ISIS, was clear. They knew that what they were doing was illegal as they used secure messaging and lied to the police in order to hide their criminality.

"These convictions show that there is no hiding place for those that encourage and assist others in acts of terror, wherever those acts are carried out, and we will continue to work with the police to build strong cases in instances such as these."


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