- Salim Wakil, 25, wired her the funds via Western Union in February last year
- She had fled the UK when she was just 16 to IS-controlled Syria in August 2014
- Wakil claimed he was not funding terror but trying to get Sumaiyyah home
- Old Bailey judge said Wakil was 'incredibly naive' and jailed him for 30 months
A ‘mentally impaired’ brother who wired his teenage jihadi sister more than £2,000 after she fled the UK to join Islamic State in Syria has been jailed for 30 months.
Salim Wakil, 25, recruited a friend who lent him his bank details to send the funds totalling £2,350, via Western Union transfer to his sister Sumaiyyah last February.
She left the country when she was just 16 in August 2014, leaving behind a handwritten letter for her family begging them not to alert the police.
The teenager expressed ‘anger’ about ‘the state of the Islamic community’, indicating that the only way to help was by travelling to Syria to fight and help those suffering.
The schoolgirl also made clear she wished to die as a martyr as she made her way to IS-controlled areas, the court heard.
Wakil denied funding terrorism over the transfer, claiming the money was meant to help bring her back to the UK.
But a jury convicted Wakil after a week-long Old Bailey trial.
Brett Weaver, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The offence for which Mr Wakil has now been convicted has a maximum sentence of fourteen years imprisonment.