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Twins admit terrorism fundraising

Twin brothers have admitted raising money in England to fund terrorism abroad.

Mohammed Shabir Ali and Mohammed Shafiq Ali, 25, admitted at the Old Bailey fundraising knowing that the money would be sent abroad to be used for terrorism.

The identical twins, from Tower Hamlets, east London, raised the money between August 2008 and June last year.

Judge Mr Justice Fulford remanded them in custody ahead of sentencing on Wednesday morning.

Shabir was arrested at their home in east London and Shafiq at a business address in west London in early April.

They were originally charged with assisting another to commit acts of terrorism or in preparation for acts of terrorism, as well as having a document - 44 Ways To Support Jihad by Anwar Al Awlaki - which could be of use in terrorism. These charges carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

But the Solicitor General Edward Garnier approved the brothers' plea to the new charge under section 15 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which carry a maximum sentence of 14 years. The original charges will lie on file.

A previous hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in April was told the men plotted to raise funds through a "Darwar" religious stall in the UK.

Their older brother, Mohammed Shamim, was believed to be in Somalia and Shabir Ali, a father of three children aged under five, took "proactive steps to support his brother by thinking of how to raise money through 'Darwar' stalls and wanting to learn how to send money out there".

His twin, who has been employed by Carlisle Security for five years, was said to have shown "moral support" to his older brother.


From Belfast Telegraph