Cirencester man accused of helping IS recruit British teenage terrorist


A MAN from Cirencester has denied playing a part in helping IS recruit a British teenager to prepare for an act of terrorism.

Forhad Rahman has gone on trial at the Old Bailey alongside Kristen Brekke from Cardiff and Adeel Ulhaq, from Nottinghamshire.

The trio stand accused of assisting the passage of Cardiff teenager Aseel Muthana to leave the country to join his brother fighting as a Jihadi terrorist in Syria.

The 17-year-old, pictured, joined Islamic State terrorists, along with his brother Nasser, in February 2014.

All three deny helping in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

Thecase is expected to last a month, during which time the jury will be shown the infamous IS propaganda video “There is No Life Without Jihad” – featuring Nasser Muthana.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC told the court the defendants shared the same radical Islamic ideology.

Mr Rahman is accused of paying for the teen’s flight, Mr Ulhaq of providing him with tactical advice on equipment and Mr Brekke of obtaining a new passport and buying combat clothing for him.

The jury was told that on February 21 2014, Aseel Muthana took a coach from Cardiff to Gatwick, where he caught a flight to Larnaca in Cyprus before travelling to Syria via Turkey. He has not returned.

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