UK: “Really wanna join ISIS but I’ll lose my Job Seekers’ Allowance”
“One of three jihadis accused of plotting to decapitate a man on Remembrance Sunday kept a cartoon on his phone which joked about losing his benefits if he joined ISIS, a court has heard.” And that’s what is ailing the U.K. today, in a nutshell.
“Man accused of plotting a beheading during Remembrance Sunday had a cartoon on his phone that said: ‘Really wanna join Isis but I’ll lose my Job Seekers’ Allowance,’” by Steph Cockroft
One of three jihadis accused of plotting to decapitate a man on Remembrance Sunday kept a cartoon on his phone which joked about losing his benefits if he joined ISIS, a court has heard.
British national Yousef Syed, 20, had allegedly saved an image of two laughing Muslim men, complete with a caption that read: ‘Really wanna leave to join Isil in Iraq, but I’ll lose my JSA bro’.
Woolwich Crown Court heard how the cartoon was recovered along with a stream of gruesome images and videos which had been stored on the defendant’s mobile phone as he plotted a Remembrance Sunday attack.
Yousef allegedly planned to behead a soldier or a policeman using a 15-inch ‘Rambo’ knife, along with his cousin Nadir Syed, 22, and their co-defendant Haseeb Hamayoon.
The prosecution say the trio wanted to emulate the beheading murder of Drummer Lee Rigby after being inspired by a ‘truly chilling’ internet fatwa calling for attacks on the West.
All three men are charged with preparing terrorist acts.
During today’s session at Woolwich Crown Court, jurors were told how all three men had saved photographs of ISIS beheadings and suicide bombers on their phones.
The jury was shown images of this nature which were allegedly uploaded on Nadir Syed’s phone between July 2013 and his arrest on November 6 last year.
The first photograph showed a decapitated head on top of a barrel next to a man holding a gun was downloaded to the phone, jurors heard.
Three months later, he allegedly downloaded a picture of an Islamic symbol along with the phrase ‘Woolwich Attack, it’s an eye for an eye’, jurors were told.
He also had pictures of Lee Rigby’s killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, it is claimed.
And he also had gruesome pictures of three young Islamic State fighters holding a decapitated head and a picture of a PCSO, the court heard.
Meanwhile, Hamayoon allegedly had images showing him posing with a handgun as he sits in a kitchen, the court heard.
Prosecutor Max Hill QC said: ‘They are images of Mr Hamayoon in somebody’s kitchen holding what appears to be a handgun in four successive photos.
‘What type of handgun it is, whether real or imitation, I’m not able to say. It’s the pose of the image and the attitude that we invite your attention to.’
The jury was also told how Hamayoon had joked about watching Jihadi John’s beheading videos while eating popcorn.
The 28-year-old made the comment on the encrypted messaging app Telegram after his friend posted a gruesome video of one of the ISIS beheadings.
Before watching the video, the defendant joked that trained
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