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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Trio sent thousands to ISIS by selling wedding dress, BMW and gold on eBay
West Midlands Police
Mohammed Iqbal Hussain, Mohamed Suyaubur Rohaman and Mohammed Atiqur Khan
Brothers Mohammed Hussain, 26, and Mohamed Rohaman, 32, and friend Mohammad Khan, 27, sold a BMW, gold jewellery and even a wedding dress online to raise £10,000 for the crazed terror group.
Hussain and Rohaman went on a funding drive after their sibling Musadikur Rohaman and his wife Zohura Siddeka, both 27, ran away to Syria in December 2014.
The men recruited a family friend Khan, who applied for a credit card to help them with their mission.
All of the people involved denied they knew Rohaman was fighting with ISIS but were convicted of terror offences by a jury at the Old Bailey.
West Midlands Police Musadikur Rohaman and his wife Zohura Siddeka, both 27, who left for Syria in December 2014
A fourth man, Maruf Uddin, 26, was acquitted of entering into a funding arrangement.
The court heard Musadikur had worked at the family laundrette in Walsall, Birmingham, before heading off for a week's holiday to Turkey with his wife in December 2014.
But the family did not hear from him again until late January 2015 when he got in touch via the messaging service Whatsapp.
Older sister Nargis Ali, 42, told him: "Please, please don't do anything stupid and go fighting."
When he replied "Lol Mez, at least use code words", she responded: "Don't 'lol' me young man, there's nowhere to hide from us [the family] no point using codes."
Hussain, who became the boss of the family dry cleaning business after his father's death, was sympathetic to Islamic State and had even considered travelling to Syria himself, the court heard.
He asked his fiance if she would go with him to Syria once they were married, telling her that travelling to the caliphate would be rewarded with "the wiping of all sins".
Over the following months he managed to raise £10,000 to send to Musadikur.
Mohamed Rohaman used his passport to wire the cash to Mosadikur in three batches to three different names in Lebanon from the a Western Union next door to the family laundrette.
Hussain then got Khan, an accountant, to help him secure a Capital One credit card with a £1,000 limit in Musadikur's name.
When it became obvious what he was doing, his panicked sister Rofka sent him a WhatsApp message in April 2015 reading: "Don't u dare send money to [Musadikur] because you'll be breaking the law. regardless of whether [it's] his money or not. He shudnt have put you in this position."
Despite the warning Hussain continued, even demanding gold that was supposed to be part of his sister-in-law’s dowry.
Hussain got Khan to help him value it and sell it on eBay for £550.
Hussain, who has a law degree from the University of Wolverhampton, said his brother Musadikur became more religious after the death of his newborn son.
He said he only agreed to send him money on one occasion before April 2015 because Musadikur said he wanted him to buy a house.
Hussain said: "He pressured me to - I didn't know at all that he would be fighting."
He claimed he carried on trying to sell items on Ebay so Musadikur would 'get off my back', adding: "I would keep the money aside, and if he ever tried to come back I would have that money aside for him to use to come back."
When asked about messages between him and his brother apparently supporting ISIS, he said: "It looks bad, but I had to go along with it to keep him on side so he had someone he could turn to."
Prosecutor Julian Christopher QC told jurors that the money was used for the purposes of terrorism.
He added: "It was sent to support Musadikur in his life in Syria, knowing or suspecting that involved training or fighting for IS."
Hussain of Castle Road, Walsall, was convicted of one count of receiving money for the purposes of terrorism and four counts of entering into a funding arrangement between 30 November 2014 and 10 June last year.
Rohaman of the same address in Walsall, was convicted of one count of receiving or providing money for the purposes of terrorism between 30 November 2014 and 10 June last year.
Khan, of Buckle Road, Walsall, was convicted of entering into a funding arrangement with Iqbal Hussain between 30 November and 10 June 2015, relating to credit card access and gold.
Uddin, of Earl Street, Walsall, was acquitted of one count of entering into a funding arrangement between 30 November 2014 and 7 July 2015, relating to selling items on Ebay.
Hussain's barrister, Nigel Lambert QC, said his client had qualified as a lawyer and had hopes of becoming a solicitor: "This still remains a family tragedy because his brother remains in Syria and because of all of that he has found himself in this position. "This was a matter of misguided loyalty."
Judge Mark Lucraft QC said he would sentence Hussain, Rohaman and Khan on September 9.