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Ahmed Aweys

January 8, 2020 Extremists /

Born: 1986;

Place of Birth: Chadwell Heath, London, United Kingdom;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: Somalian, British;

General Info:
Ahmed Aweys from Chadwell Heath, east London, was sentenced to 25 months in jail last January for three charges of disseminating a terrorist publication.

He was arrested along with his sister Asma after sharing sickening Islamic State videos in their family Whatsapp group.

They made jokes about the Manchester and Westminster terror attacks and downloaded copies of the jihadi magazine ‘Rumayah’ with advice about how to make napalm and Molotov cocktails and the ‘perfect knife’ for killing.

In one chat, Ahmed said: ‘The biggest advantage that we have is we are embedded in their societies, we are the enemy within and they know not.’

He was made subject of a terrorism notification order as part of the terms of his release on licence in August.

But in September, police found he had used an unauthorised bank account belonging to his sister to receive three Department for Work and Pensions payments after applying for universal credit.

When police went to arrest him, they found he also had a second phone he had not declared to police, the Old Bailey heard.

Aweys, who was recalled to prison, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching notification order requirements and appeared to be sentenced at the Old Bailey by video link from Wandsworth jail.

The purpose of the jail sentence was ‘punishment, deterrent and protection of the public’, he said.

Upon his previous conviction, the court heard how his sister Asma said about the Westminster incident in 2017, which left four dead: ‘This was by the decree of Allah.’

Messages discussing the terror attack at the Manchester Arena were also found on her phone, including one which read: ‘It was the shaytaan (Arabic word for devil) Ariana Grande’s concert.’

The family’s extremist views were revealed after a tip off that Ahmed Aweys and his two half-brothers were planning to break into a Muslim-run jewellery shop in Ilford Lane, east London.

They were caught red-handed and during searches of their homes police also found £60,000 in cash and £10,000 in gold.

Messages found on their phones showed Ahmed Aweys discussing fraud with his brother-in-law Abdulaziz Abu Munye, a former street robber, and telling him he was entitled to take from the ‘kuffr’ (infidels).

As part of Operation Be Pretty 2, police discovered that the family, who are of Somali origin, were sharing Islamic State propaganda and messages of support in a family Whatsapp group.

Ahmed Aweys pleaded guilty to using WhatsApp to distribute the Islamic State online magazine Dabiq and the video Flames of War 2 to Mohammed Abu, his half-brother who was involved in the robbery plot.

Flames of War 2 is a film released by the media wing of Islamic State in 2017 in both Arabic and English, showing brutal executions of various kinds, battle footage, references to attacks in the West and praising the faith-based nature of the participants.

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