Cousin of 'teenage terror twins' to be sentenced at the Old Bailey

Cousin of 'teenage terror twins' to be sentenced at the Old Bailey

Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Farah will be sentenced at the Old Bailey

Friday, August 26, 2016

A relative of the girls dubbed the "teenage terror twins" after they joined Islamic State is to be sentenced later today for helping a friend go to Syria.

From his mother's home in Manchester, 20-year-old Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Farah, created a "hub of communication" for his "Mandem" group of like-minded extremists.

Jama Farah is a cousin to the so-called "terror twins", Zhara and Salma Halane, who left their home in Chorlton in Manchester in June 2014 and are believed to have married IS fighters. They were aged 16. 

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, the A-level student was found guilty of preparing for terrorist acts by helping 19-year-old Nur Hassan achieve his aim of travelling to Syria to fight.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson told jurors during the trial it was clear that Jama Farah supported ISIS from what was found on his computers as well as messages on WhatsApp and social media. Patterson said he performed an "important role as the hub of communication" in the UK.

Jama Farah was talking with four other friends abroad, two of whom are believed to have been killed and another badly injured in fighting.

The court heard how close friends Raphael Hostey, Mohammed Javeed and Khalil Raoufi headed from north-west England to Syria in October 2013 to join IS. They went on to encourage others from England and around the world to swell their ranks in postings on Twitter.

Raoufi, also known as Abu Layth, was killed in combat in February 2014 and Hostey, or Al Qaqa, was shot in the foot.

Javeed, nicknamed Prinny, ended up in Iraq, and it emerged during the trial he blew himself up in a suicide attack.

During his evidence, the defendant confirmed that when he twice discussed with his friends "doing a Prinny", that was what they were referring to.

After Jama Farah was arrested on March 11 2014, he told police that he knew them all through his cousin Ahmed Ibrahim Halane, who was the "emir" or leader of their group of close friends

Halane - brother of the "terror twins" - went to Somalia in September 2013, where he is thought to have joined the terrorist group Al-Shabab. He is currently in Copenhagen and is banned from returning to the UK.

Jama Farah denied wrongdoing. He was cast by his defence as an over-excited teenager sitting in his bedroom at home on his computer in contact with his friends and passing on phone numbers, concerned for their welfare.

Following a trial in February, the jury convicted him of facilitating Hassan's travel to Syria and for his communication with Raoufi.

He faces jail when he is sentenced by Judge Michael Topolski at the Old Bailey later today.