Woman faces jail for Syria postings

Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A woman who posted messages encouraging terrorism in Syria on Facebook faces a jail sentence.

Runa Khan posted a picture of a suicide vest and details of a route into the war-torn country on the social networking site.

The 35-year-old mother-of-six, of Luton, admitted four charges of disseminating terrorist publications between July and September 2013 earlier this year.

Addressing the defendant after her guilty pleas, Judge Peter Birts QC said: “I’m sure you have been advised they are charges of the utmost gravitas that almost inevitably will be met by a substantial custodial sentence.”

A court has previously heard that Khan posted a picture on Facebook of a suicide vest with the words “sacrifice your life to be in Islam” in July last year, the court heard.

On September 13, she sent a series of messages on the social media site describing a path into Syria and the name of a group in the country to join.

She later posted a message on September 18, stating: “Sisters, if you love your sons, husbands and brothers, prove it by sending them to fight for Allah.

“Don’t you want them to enter Jannah.

“Don’t you want them to prepare for you a palace in Jannah.”

The next day Khan posted on Facebook: “Sisters’ role in jihad off the battlefield”, the court heard.

Khan was granted bail with conditions including not to use Facebook “in any shape or form” ahead of her sentencing at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey today.

Published: Thursday 11th December 2014 by The News Editor

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