Bri­tish man found guilty of be­ing Isil sniper

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Martin Evans CRIME COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A BRI­TISH ji­hadist with links to the Manch­ester sui­cide bomber has been con­victed of be­ing an Isil sniper.

Mo­hammed Ab­dal­lah, 26, went to Syria in 2014 with help from his wheel- chair-bound brother, Ab­dal­raouf, 24, a close friend of Sal­man Abedi, the sui­cide bomber who killed 22 peo­ple in an at­tack on the Manch­ester Arena.

The Old Bai­ley heard that Ab­dal­lah filled in an ap­pli­ca­tion for the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant, and in­tended to meet three fel­low ji­hadists from Manch­ester, in­clud­ing Stephen Gray, 34, and Ray­mond Matimba, 28.

Gray was turned away in Turkey, but Matimba caught up with the oth­ers and ap­peared in footage dis­cov­ered by The Daily Tele­graph fea­tur­ing Ji­hadi John, the no­to­ri­ous ex­e­cu­tioner.

Ab­dal­lah, from the Moss Side area of Manch­ester, was ar­rested when he tried to re­turn to Bri­tain last year af­ter a dossier con­tain­ing a list of Isil mem­bers was leaked. He was con­victed of pos­sess­ing an AK47 ri­fle, re­ceiv­ing £2,000 for ter­ror­ism and mem­ber­ship of Isil, fol­low­ing a four-week trial.

His con­vic­tion came on the same day Gavin Wil­liamson, the De­fence Sec­re­tary, said Isil fight­ers should be hunted down and killed in Iraq and Syria.

Af­ter fac­ing a back­lash for his re­marks, Mr Wil­liamson last night re­fused to back down, adding that the “Bri­tish peo­ple want to make sure that our streets are safe”.

The court heard Ab­dal­lah ar­rived in Bri­tain as a refugee af­ter his fam­ily fled the Gaddafi regime in Libya. He went to Bur­nage High School and Dids­bury Mosque, which Abedi also at­tended.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Ab­dal­lah de­nied swear­ing al­le­giance to Isil, claim­ing he went to Syria to give money to the poor.

Mo­hammed Ab­dal­lah, 26, was found guilty of hav­ing an AK47, re­ceiv­ing money for ter­ror­ism and be­ing a mem­ber of Isil

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