A COVENTRY engineer has pleaded guilty to sending money to fund his brother who is currently fighting in Syria with Islamic State extremists.
Nadeem Hussain, aged 35 from Threadneedle Street, Coventry, admitted three counts of being concerned in arrangements to make money available for the purposes of terrorism.
Hussain admitted sending £4,000 to fund his brother Naweed Hussain who is believed to have joined ISIS after travelling to the conflict zone in June 2015.
The cash was sent via a money transfer bureaus in Coventry over a period of three days in April this year.
Nadeem Hussain was originally arrested and bailed by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in January 2016 following searches by officers at a number of addresses in Coventry in connection with his brother’s departure.
But when he was detained on suspicion of a separate criminal matter in April 2016 and his phone seized by officers, who found evidence of financial transactions to his sibling.
His phone contained screenshots of post-it notes showing receipts of the money transfers and names of people abroad to transfer the money to.
Other images seized from phones include pictures of what are believed to be his brother Naweed engaged with ISIS fighters in the conflict zone and images relating to Islamic State ideology.
Nadeem Hussain will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on February 6, 2017.
Chief Superintendent Sue Southern, head of the force’s counter terrorism unit, said: “Disrupting terrorist funding is an important part of our investigations.
“Sending money to those actively engaged in terrorism helps fund their activities and we will continue to act on any intelligence and disrupt the flow of money to conflict zones.
“Anyone who knows of someone who may be potentially vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist-related activity, including travelling abroad to conflict zones should contact local police for advice and support on 101. ”
A second man aged 32 from Coventry, arrested at Birmingham Airport in October 2016 on suspicion of funding terrorism remains on police bail while investigations continue.
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