Islamic State prisoner got brother and wife to send him phone memory cards inside Harry Potter book
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An ISIS terrorist has been found guilty of conspiracy after arranging for his wife and brother to send him SD memory cards hidden inside a Harry Potter book.
Awat Hamasalih is serving a six year sentence at HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire following his June 2017 conviction for being a member of a proscribed organisation (Daesh/ISIS).
He was also convicted of being in possession of articles connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
Now he has been found guilty of conspiracy to bring/throw/convey a prohibited article into prison after he arranged for his wife and his brother to send him SD cards in jail, concealed within two children’s books and a Harry Potter novel.
The package was intercepted by prison staff in September 2018 who handed it over to counter terrorism detectives for examination.
The cards contained media files relating to a convicted terrorist, religious speeches, pictures and videos of his family.
Hamasalih planned with his Finnish wife Runak Othmani, 34, that she would download files for the SD card and then send it on to his brother Amang Hamasalih in Doncaster, who would then send on the package to prison.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Even though the material on the SD card itself was not banned, the fact that they arranged for SD cards to be secretly sent into prison – a condition that Hamasalih had consented to at the start of his sentence – meant they were breaking the law.
“We were able to monitor phone calls that Hamasalih made to his brother and his wife on a prison phone which has resulted in them all being convicted of conspiracy.
“Awat Hamasalih had signed a prison form which clearly states what inmates can and can’t have delivered by post.
“We work very closely with the Prison Service to ensure those in jail comply with strict conditions and are not in a position to receive material that could be banned. Thankfully in this case, the material was not illegal but the process of arranging the SD cards itself is an offence.”
Amang Hawasalih pleaded to the same charge at a hearing in Birmingham Crown Court on October 3 2019.
Both brothers will be sentenced on February 19 at Stafford Crown Court. Awat Hamasalih’s wife, Runak Othmani, is currently out of the country.
Source: Birmingham Mail