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Wembley mother who posted terrorist propaganda online to have suspended sentence challenged

PUBLISHED: 14:05 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 18 January 2018

The Royal Courts of Justice in London Picture: PAimages

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A Wembley mother who was spared jail for posting Islamic State propaganda on Facebook is to have her sentenced challenged by the Attorney General.

Farhana Ahmed, 40, was given a two-year suspended sentence by Judge Christopher Moss QC after she pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism and three counts of disseminating documents.

The judge said he was “moved” by the suffering of her five children after receiving a letter from her eldest son and told Ahmed: “In your exceptional case, the sooner you are returned to your children, the better for all concerned.”

On Thursday Attorney General Jeremy Wright will argue at the Court of Appeal that the suspended sentence was unduly lenient.

As reported in the Kilburn Times, in November the Old Bailey had heard how Ahmed had been a “prolific” contributor to the pro-Islamic State Facebook group Power Rangers.

She used the fake name Kay Adams to encourage terrorism on the social media site between September and November 2015.

Her postings included a speech by an IS spokesman and a link to an “extensive online library” of terrorist publications, prosecutor Ben Lloyd said.

Ahmed’s posts, in which she expressed approval of the Paris terror attacks, attracted a large number of followers.

Mr Lloyd said: “It is clear from the defendant’s decision to join this group, and then by virtue of the material that she posted, that she shared the group’s ideology and aims.”

The British national travelled to Turkey with her husband Muhammed Burmal Karwani and their five children in November 2013.

She and the children returned to Britain while her husband stayed behind and, when she tried to go to Turkey in August 2015, she was turned away by authorities, the Old Bailey heard.

The challenge to her sentence will be heard by Lord Justice Treacy, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and Judge Neil Bidder.

The scope of the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme was extended last year to include a broader range of terror offences, including the offences Ahmed was convicted of, and this will be the first case heard at the Court of Appeal for those offences.

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