Two men jailed for funding terrorism in joint police operation

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MANCHESTER: A joint Counter Terrorism operation between officers in the North West and London sees two men jailed for funding terrorism. 30-year-old Said Mohammed, of Belvedere Road, Longsight, Manchester, along with his associate 29-year-old Ayub Nur Hussein from Stockwell, London sent funds of approximately £2,700 to Islamist places of war.

On Friday (24 April), Mohammed was jailed at the Old Bailey for five years and three months and Nurhussein for nine years and six months respectively, Greater Manchester Police have reported.

Said Mohammed (left) and Ayub Nur Hussein were jailed for funding terrorism

Counter Terrorism Police North-West (CTPNW), working jointly with the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) disrupted the pair’s illegal financial activities after launching an investigation back in 2018. The pair were found to be sending money via Denmark to contacts believed to be in Iraq– supporting Daesh fighters in Iraq and Syria. This occurred on three separate occasions between April and July 2019.

On Tuesday 16 July 2019, both Mohammed and Nur Hussein were arrested for terrorism offences in simultaneous strikes by officers from CTPNW and CTC. The coordinated operation saw officers seize large quantities of digital media, including mobile phones. A forensic assessment of these devices revealed the men’s plans around funding terrorism.

In January 2020, Mohammed pleaded guilty at a pre-trial hearing to one count of arranging funds or property for the purposes of terrorism contrary to Section 17 TACT 2000.

During a trial at the Old Bailey in March 2020, Nur Hussein pleaded guilty to one count of arranging funds or property for the purpose of terrorism, contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000. He had previously pleaded guilty at a pre-trial hearing in January 2020 to four counts of possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 TACT, 2000 and three counts of disseminating terrorist material under Section 2 TACT 2006.