Willesden woman facing jail for sending money to Jihadi fighter lover in Syria
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The girlfriend of a Jihadi fighter has been found guilty of sending him £1,000 to fund his terrorist crusade in Syria.
Hana Khan, 23, of Meyrick Road, Willesden, posted the cash to her lover, Jafar Turay, 28, after he sent her sickening pictures of Syrian children holding AK47 machine guns.
She told him the pictures were ‘beautiful’ and was planning to marry the runaway Jihadi, also known as Joel Kelvin Daley.
Turay, whose identity was today revealed for the first time, changed his name after converting to Islam and left the UK for Syria in July 2012.
He is still wanted for attempted murder over an incident in London before he fled the country.
Prosecutor Chris Hehir said Khan was involved in sending funds for his use in Syria, knowing exactly what he had gone there for.
She received three photos of Turay posing with small children under 10-years-old in Syria, near Aleppo, in June 2013.
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Mr Hehir said: “They are profoundly disturbing images because a deadly weapon is being put in the hands of young children who smile as if it is a good thing to hold an AK-47 or similar weapon.
“He clearly has very little respect for the innocence of children.”
Hana Khan responded with the message: ‘You look beautiful’.
Anton Atkins, 31, was cleared of sending the Muslim convert a pair of black combat trousers and £1,600 in cash to help his extremist cause.
But Khan was convicted of funding terrorism after a two-week Old Bailey trial.
Judge Gerald Gordon said: “Unlike some she is not, in my view prone to fundamentalist beliefs herself.
“I think it is more the attraction of Jafar Turay.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Terri Nicholson, from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said: “Terrorists require the support and assistance of others to carry out their activities. As such, our investigations will always extend beyond those involved directly in terrorist attacks, seeking to identify those engaged in terrorist funding by whatever means.
“This conviction should send a very powerful message to anyone involved in terrorism whether in the UK or overseas-the offences are serious regardless of the amounts of money involved.”
Khan was released on conditional bail and will be sentenced on March 27.