Mohammed Abdallah guilty of joining Islamic State

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 8, 2017

Abdallah, of Westerling Way, Moss Side, Manchester, was convicted following a trial lasting more than four weeks.

Jurors were shown video footage of both siblings handling heavy Russian-made machine guns on vehicles in Libya - of the same type listed on Abdallah's Isis form as a specialism.

The younger of the Abdallahs - Abdalraouf - was shot and paralysed fighting in the conflict.

The record, which had the flag of so-called Islamic State in the top right-hand corner, cited Manchester recruiter Raphael Hostey, aka Abu Al-qaqa Al Britani, as a reference in Raqqa as well as a "family friend", the Libyan narrator of a so-called Islamic State entitled Demolishing Borders.

In court, Abdallah denied swearing allegiance to the extremist organisation, saying he refused and was sent to prison as a result, adding that he was also "threatened with being beheaded" and "was shot at".

Mohammed Abdallah travelled from Manchester to the Middle East in the summer of 2014 with three other men from south Manchester - Nezar Khalifa, 27, Raymond Matimba, 28, and Stephen Gray, 34, who previously served with the RAF in Iraq. "I was hit. I had bruises and a black eye".

During his trial, the court heard that he was listed as a fighter in official Daesh documents given to the media by a defector.

He also denied knowing the Libyan man listed on the form, but admitted he know Hostey through the Didsbury Mosque.

"The CPS used conversations on messaging apps to show that Mohammed Abdallah's reasons for being in Syria were not innocent".

Speaking after the conviction, Head of North West Counter Terrorism Dominic Scally said: "The file itself and being able to attribute that to Mohammed Abdallah was a really important piece of evidence for us".

"It's very hard for us to tell in any detail what happens on the ground in Syria and credit to investigators that they have managed to piece together the story".

"This is a very positive investigation that's helped stop others travelling out and probably returning".

The Old Bailey heard the 26-year-old meant to meet three fellow jihadis in Syria.

Abdallah was remanded into custody until his sentencing on Friday.

Abdallah's brother and Gray were arrested in Manchester in November 2014 and have been jailed for terror offences, why Hostey is believed to have been killed in a 2016 drone strike.

Fellow Mancunian Hostey, described as an "inspirational figure" for would-be jihadis, left the United Kingdom in 2013 and is believed to have been killed in a drone strike in 2016.

According to a report published on Tuesday, Abedi had been a "subject of interest" to police and the bombing could have been stopped "had the cards fallen differently".

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