Bradford couple jailed for terrorism offences


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A couple have been sent to prison for terrorism offences after a man attempted to travel to Syria in the hope of joining ISIS.

Ijaz Khan, of Bradford, was arrested at Manchester Airport after information was received he was preparing to fly to Syria.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the 29-year-old was given money by his pregnant wife Afsheen Khan, 28, so that he could buy a ticket, as well as £1,000 in cash.

Ijaz Khan attempted to fly to Syria, via Athens, on February 1, 2015.

His brother-in-law, Rohan Malik, had previously flown to Syria to join Islamic State when he was 17. After Malik was killed in a coalition airstrike, Ijaz Khan is said to have decided to “replace him on the battlefield”.

Imran Shaffi, leading Khan’s defense, said he had previously been someone with a “western outlook”, but that contact with his brother-in-law had changed him – after initially trying to convince the teenager to return.

Mr Shaffi told the court: "In the grip of his grief over him the defendant resolved at the end of 2014 to travel to Syria himself.

"He was in an emotionally disturbed state and could no longer tell what was right or wrong."

Ijaz Khan, of Bradford, admitted preparation for terrorism acts and was jailed for five years. Afsheen Khan pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the offence and was sentenced to 35 months.

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