British Mother Tareen Shakil Convicted for Joining ISIS

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 01 February 2016 17:43

Tareena Shakil took her toddler son to Syria to return to UK, has been jailed for six years for joining the self-styled Islamic State on Friday, media reported.

The 26 year old British mother hailed from UK is the first woman to return from the self-declared caliphate to be convicted of the offence.

Sentencing her at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Justice Inman said she showed no remorse and knew that her son would ultimately be used as an IS fighter.

Shakil, from Birmingham, but formerly of Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, admitted travelling to Syria but denied joining IS and encouraging acts of terrorism through messages posted on Twitter.

Passing sentence, Mr Inman said: "Most alarmingly you took your toddler son to Syria knowing how he would be used - his future would be as an IS fighter.

"You embraced your role in providing fighters of the future. You allowed him to be photographed next to an AK47."

Shakil posed the boy, 14 months old at the time, as a serious aggravating factor for pictures wearing an IS-branded balaclava in what a judge described as one of the most "abhorrent" features of the case after secretly running away to Syria in October 2014.

Mr Inman told the court she "embraced Isis", sending messages on the day she arrived saying she was not coming back to the UK and told her family it was part of her faith to kill the murtadeen (apostates) and that she wanted to die a martyr.

He said it was clear she had been "radicalised" following online conversations with prominent members of the terrorist group.

Shakil maintained she went to Syria on 20 October 2014 with her son to escape an "unhappy family life".

Shakil flew from East Midlands Airport to Turkey, telling friends she was going on a family beach holiday.

But once in the country, she said became unhappy there too and decided to return of her own free will because she realised she had made a mistake.

She said she caught a bus and bribed a taxi driver to take her part of the way before crossing the Turkish border in January 2015.

Sentencing her for four years for IS membership and two years to run consecutively for encouraging acts of terror, Mr Inman, the Recorder of Birmingham, said she would she would be entitled to release on licence after the halfway point.

But as she was sentenced, members of her family shouted that the hearing was a farce.


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