- Awat Hamasalih jailed for six years for membership of a terrorist organisation
- He claimed he was 'proud to be British' and denied he supported ISIS
- Prosecutors argued he was an 'active and committed member' of the group
- Hamasalih used social media and a broadcast website to drum up support
Awat Hamasalih, 35, was jailed for six years for membership of a terrorist organisation
An ISIS secret agent has been jailed for six years after using Britain as a base to tip off military commanders, raise money and recruit new fighters.
Awat Hamasalih, 35, was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of the unusual charge of membership of a terrorist organisation.
Hamasalih, from Kingstanding in the West Midlands, had claimed to be 'an enthusiast who is proud to be British' and denied he supported the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
He had successfully fought extradition to Italy on terrorist charges after irregularities were shown in the prosecution.
But the court heard he was an 'active and committed member' of ISIS who was using the internet to drum up support for the terrorist group and sending young men to join the fighting.
It can be disclosed that they included Aras Mohammed Hamid, 27, an Iraqi refugee who tried to return to his home country and become a suicide bomber.
Another, Shivan Azeez Zangana, 21 had only been in Britain for eight months when he was found sleeping in a mosque in Birmingham waiting for people smugglers to get him out of the country.
Hamid was jailed for seven years and Azeez for three years in January this year.
Hamasalih had been living in Britain since 2002 when he claimed asylum - apart from a year in Finland - and became a British citizen in 2008.
But he was using Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and a broadcast website called Paltalk to drum up support for ISIS.
He was receiving small amounts of money into his bank account from all over the country, using Twitter to drum up donations, the Old Bailey heard.
Hamasalih, an Iraqi Kurd, had once fought for the Peshmerga in the late 1990s but had changed sides to join ISIS.
He was found with the human resources files for two regiments of Peshmerga guerilla forces, the main Western-backed force fighting ISIS in Syria.
He was also tipping off ISIS commanders about potential attacks, warning a commander called Khattab al-Kurdi about an impending attack by the Peshmerga on the city of Mosul.
Paul Hynes QC said his client was 'an enthusiast who is proud to be British.'
'You have to be sure that his support goes beyond that support and we say there is no evidence that goes to membership,' he added.
'We don't expect you to like Mr Hamasalih or to like or to approve of him, we just want him to have a fair trial.'
But Duncan Atkinson QC, prosecuting, told the court: 'The defendant was not just a supporter but an advocate, an ambassador, a rallying call for the values and beliefs espoused by ISIS.'
It can now be reported that in November 2015 a British court turned down an application from Italy to extradite him as a member of the radical group Rawti Shax.
He was also jailed for four years, to run concurrently, for three charges of possessing articles for a purpose connected to terrorism.