- Tuhin Shahensha and Mustakim Jaman hung ISIS flags outside bedroom
- Helped several people travel to Syria to join ISIS but didn't go themselves
- Said they didn't make the journey as they didn't want to upset their mother
- Today the brothers were found guilty of helping to prepare acts of terrorism
Two brothers have been found guilty of helping people travel to Syria to join ISIS even though they didn't make the journey themselves in case they upset their mother.
Tuhin Shahensha, 27, and Mustakim Jaman, 22, who both lived at home in Portsmouth, hung ISIS flags over their bedroom doors and planned to take their parents to Syria, hoping they would all die together.
However they never followed through on their plans and didn't even leave Britain so they would not upset their mother.
Brothers Mustakim Jaman, left, and Tuhin Shahensha, right, who have been found guilty of helping people travel to Syria to join ISIS
But Shahensha, who worked at Debenhams, and Jaman, who worked in the family takeaway, gave help and advice to 10 other people seeking to travel to Syria over the course of 17 months.
They provided the key guarantee, known as Tazkiya, in order to cross the border and link up with ISIS.
Today at Kingston Crown Court, a jury found Shahensha guilty of two counts of engaging in preparation of terrorist conduct and Jaman of one count and they are facing jail.
The court heard how the pair's middle brother Ifthekar Jaman, a former Sky customer support worker left the family home to join ISIS.
The court heard how the pair's middle brother Ifthekar Jaman, pictured, a former Sky customer support worker left the family home to join ISIS
He was joined in Syria by five others who became known as the Pompey Lads.
Ifthekar was killed in battle in December 2013 and his death was followed, one by one, by four of his friends over the next 19 months.
CCTV footage later revealed that three of the group had been taken to Fratton Park station in Portsmouth by Shahensha and Jaman.
From there they caught a train to Gatwick airport in the early hours of October 8, 2013, where they met up with two other men and all five flew on to Antalya in Turkey and crossed into Syria.
The footage from Fratton Park station showed Shahensha in sandy coloured boots, with long hair in a ponytail was carrying one of their holdalls in his right hand and his younger brother was carrying several more bags.
Images showed the group embracing and then the brothers helping them onto the train with their luggage.
Kate Wilkinson, prosecuting, said: 'These men were plainly not heading to Syria merely to hand out food, provide shelter and help in education, and the Crown say, theose trusted to help them knew that.'
Speaking of Ifthekar, Ms Wilkinson continued: 'We know that Ifthekar Jaman was involved in and supported violent jihad (or holy war) in Syria because that is what he told the BBC Newsnight reporter during a Skype interview that was filmed and aired on television on 20 November 2013.
'He posted videos on Twitter, referred to in the Newsnight report, and sent messages back to the UK with pictures attached that demonstrated precisely what he was doing.
'He wasn't there simply to hand out food and provide aid. He was there to kill Shia Muslims - the non-Muslims as he believed them to be.'
After they arrived in Syria, the group sent back videos which showed them firing assault rifles and a heavy machinegun mounted on the back of a pickup truck and yelling Allahu Akbar (god is great).
In one message to his brother, Jaman boasted that the rest of the family wanted to move to Syria saying: 'My sister's proper on going man, she's telling my mum to prepare…My mum is staying silent like she's agreeing.'
In another discussion Jaman imagined his whole family being martyred adding: 'If only our entire family can get blown up with all of us having the intention of J )(jihad), so none of us have to suffer the loss of family and we all get to be together in Jannah (paradise). Lool, weird but why not?'
He also came up with a new plan, explaining to his sister on January 11 that he planned to travel to Syria with an Islamic charity.
He wrote: 'This way mum can come back and forth, everyone can, and then bam, one day we vanish from the camp and go deeper into Sham if we like, but whilst we're at camp we can look after the children.'
Meanwhile Shahensha instantly had ideas of violence saying: 'Pick up a kalash (Kalashnikov assault rifle) n send a few kuffs (non-believers) n nusayris (Alawite Muslims) to their creator.'
To which Jaman replied: 'Loool Oi bhais (brother) we can creep out at night time to battle, then come home back to the camp and eat porridge with the kids. Nobody can complain about this migration if it works out.'
Police raided the family home in Portsmouth on two occasions and on both Shahensha was found on the ledge in his bedroom after throwing his mobile phone out of the window.
Examination of the phone revealed a large number of incriminating messages.
When the phones were analysed they were found to contain more than 17,000 messages, photos, audio recordings, video recordings, and internet searches, all relevant to ISIS and fighting in Syria to create an Islamic state.
Shahensha had been sleeping with his passport under his pillow which had £60 in cash and £5 in Debenhams vouchers tucked inside.
He said it was the safest place to keep it because the room, which was covered in black rubbish sacks and clothing, was used as a store room by his mother and 'I don't argue.'
Shahensha tried to blame the police for not helping the family and claimed that, with counselling, he could have been a role model for young people.
He claimed to have been shocked to learn that Ifthekar had travelled to Syria and said he thought his friends were going on holiday to Turkey.
In court, he claimed he never had any intention of following his brother and only started buying equipment for the trip to make himself feel better.
He said: 'As much as I wanted to help people, I just couldn't do it, I didn't have it in me. I could have chosen to do it, and I didn't, I couldn't have put my mum through that.
'These people knew of my brother and had certain expectations. I didn't want them to see a coward in me'
Meanwhile Jaman said he spent most of his spare time 'watching wildlife programmes and drinking tea' and claimed he was acting as a'quasi investigative journalist' by looking into in fighting and rebel regimes.'
He said he believed Ifthekar was in Syria to help with 'humanitarian relief…just by being there, mainly supporting people.'