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Walsall men who funded IS fighter brother jailed

Mohammed Hussain, Mohamed Rohaman and Mohammed Khan Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Mohammed Hussain, Mohamed Rohaman and Mohammed Khan have been sentenced

Two men who sold their brother's BMW to raise cash for him while he was fighting for so-called Islamic State have been jailed.

Mohammed Hussain, 26, and Mohamed Rohaman, 33, from Walsall, sent £10,000 to Musadikur Rohaman, a terrorist fighter in Raqqa.

Hussain was jailed for four years and Rohaman for two years and nine months after being convicted of terrorism funding offences between 2014 and 2015.

Mohammed Khan, 27, received 18 months.

The family friend, also from Walsall. was given the sentence for his role.

Wedding dress

Judge Mark Lucraft QC told them: "Each of you knew where Musadikur was, what he was doing and the reasons why he needed finance."

The two brothers, who work in dry cleaning, were convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey of terrorism funding offences between November 2014 and June 2015.

Musadikur and his teaching assistant wife Zohura Siddeka, both 27, left for Syria in December 2014.

His two brothers sold his £4,000 BMW car and £1,200 worth of gold jewellery while also trying to raise money through selling his wife's wedding dress, the court heard.

Their mother was forced to lock up valuables in the family home to try to stop them.

They also arranged for Siddeka's maternity pay to be sent to Syria. She gave birth in September 2014 but the baby died days later. She has since had a second child.

In mitigation for Hussain, Nigel Lambert QC said: "His plans of becoming a solicitor have been dashed forever. All plans to marry have been put on hold."

Richard Thomas, for Khan, highlighted character witnesses including one from his boss at Tesco, which described him as a "normal nice guy".

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