Woman jailed for sending money to Islamic State-supporting husband in Syria

Khranjit Nijjer Picture: Met Police

Khranjit Nijjer Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

A woman who sent money, phone chargers and clothing to her Islamic State-supporting husband in Syria has been jailed for five years and three months.

Khranjit Nijjer, formerly of the E16 area - which includes Canning Town and North Woolwich - was sentenced today having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of funding terrorism.

Woolwich Crown Court heard how the 32-year-old was arrested in August 2016 as part of an investigation by the National Terrorism Financial Investigation Unit, which centred on payments made from the UK to people suspected of carrying out terrorist activity in Syria.

Officers traced a payment of £1,500 that was made in January 2015 to Nijjer’s husband – a man whom they believed was fighting for Islamic State.

The payment was made by a London-based man, but when officers spoke to him, he explained that he had been asked by Nijjer to make the payment on her behalf.

Initially, although she admitted sending the money to her husband who had travelled to Turkey in 2014, Nijjer denied that she was aware of his terrorist activities in Syria.

However, when officers examined her multimedia devices they found conversation logs between the pair with reference to him supporting Islamic State and images of her husband holding an AK47 rifle – contradicting Nijjer’s account that she didn’t know about her husband’s links to the terrorist group.

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Further enquiries revealed that in July 2015, her husband had also asked Nijjer to purchase and send him items including chargers, solar panels, battery packs and clothing – all of which would help to support him carrying out his terrorist activity in Syria.

Her online shopping accounts showed Nijjer, now of south east London, had purchased these items as requested.

Officers also found that £5,500 had been sent by Nijjer to her husband between January and August 2015.

Det Chief Supt Alexis Boon said: “Whilst she initially tried to deny she was funding her husband’s terrorist activity, the evidence that the investigation team pieced together meant that ultimately, she was left with little option but to plead guilty to the offences.

“Anyone involved in this kind of funding activity can expect to be investigated, arrested and brought to justice.”