LONDON — Rabar Mala, an illegal Iraqi Kurd whose application to remain in the UK expired in 2008, was charged with supplying over 400 mobile phone SIM cards to jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
On Friday, Mala was in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, where allegations against him were reviewed. According to Breitbart, Prosecutor Kathryn Selby said: “This defendant is charged with an offense that has never been charged in this jurisdiction previously.”
After disclosing that terrorism officers found Mala’s stash when they were executing a warrant at his address in late August, Selby explained the allegations.
“[The SIM cards were activated in the UK and] were then passed to individuals based in Iraq and Syria to enable them to set up accounts on social media to enable them to publish material said to be supportive of IS, or Daesh.”
Mala allegedly provided aid to members of the Islamic State. As an IT specialist, he activated the cards in Britain, then provided them to jihadists in Iraq and Syria. According to reports, he was engaging in this activity for more than a year.
The 437 SIM cards provided were reportedly intended to allow the jihadists to set up social media accounts and spread propaganda, all provided by the 32-year-old “illegal overstayer.”
Remanded into custody, Mala is set to appear again on Sep. 21 at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, known also as Old Bailey.
— Petre Sandulescu (@Pit__) September 4, 2017
The Iraqi Kurd, Rabar Mala an Illegal immigrant ‘sent sim cards to jihadis in Syria to help promote ISIS’ https://t.co/F9yAqAsGw8
— KDP Monitor (@BarzaniCrimes) September 3, 2017
According to Breitbart, “British security services have identified 350 Islamic State militants who have returned to the UK from Syria and who pose a potential terror threat.”
The news outlet says that 850 people traveled to an Islamic State-controlled region from the UK, according to MI5. They have surmised that “a large number subscribe to Islamist ideology and are trained to handle firearms and explosives.”
In May, Britain authorities “confessed” to there being at least 23,000 jihadists in the country, seven times more than the number they’d previously revealed.
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