A British mother has been sentenced to six years in prison for travelling to Syria with her infant son and joining ISIS
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 16:00
Tareena Shakil, a 26-year-old former health worker from Sparkbrook, Birmingham, had been found guilty of joining the terrorist organisation on Friday, following a two-week trial at Birmingham crown court.
The jury were shown images and messages from Shakil to other ISIS supporters, showing the ISIS flag and urging people to “take up arms” in Syria.
The court heard that Shakil had been radicalised on the internet, having viewed extremist material online and interacted with ISIS supporters and recruiters for over two months.
Shakil left the UK in October 2014 with her infant son, travelling to Syria via Turkey. During that time, she told relatives and friends that she was going on holiday.
However, she later admitted travelling to ISIS territory, and lived in a mansion with other women seeking to be married to ISIS fighters.
Shakil returned to the UK in February 2015 and was arrested at Heathrow Airport.
She told the court that she had gone to Syria to “live under sharia [Islamic] law” but had become disillusioned during her time there. “For me, what it was about was living a Muslim life. I just wanted to live an Islamic life, not to kill anybody,” she said.