British Woman Who Took Toddler to Join ISIS Jailed for Six Years
Feb 01, 2016 08:08 PM EST
A British mother who took her child to Syria to join ISIS was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
CTV News reports that a British woman was held responsible of encouraging acts of terrorism after she took her toddler to Syria to join terrorist group ISIS.
Judge Melbourne Inman convicted Tareena Shakil to six years in prison on Monday. Investigations showed that in October 2014, she and her one-year old son went to Syria but returned to Britain after three months, the news source said.
Birmingham Court in Central England found the 26-year-old mother guilty of ISIS membership and encouraging terrorism, confirmed The Straits Times. Shakil took her son to Syria and joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
Judge Melbourne Inman ruled that Shakil was aware of the future she had subjected her son "was very likely to be indoctrination and thereafter life as a terrorist fighter."
According to testimony, Shakil was recruited online by alleged extremists that in October 2014 she informed her family she was going to Turkey for a beach holiday. However, she crossed the border to Syria and went to ISIS stronghold Raqa, the source added.
The Straits Times also said that while in Raga, she stayed in a large house with other single women. She posed a selfie with her son while wearing a black balaclava branded with the ISIS symbol. Other pictures found on her phone showed her posing with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun.
However, according to The Express Tribune, Shakil discovered how hard to live under IS rules. In January 2015, she and her son fled the ISIS territory and travelled by road to the Turkish border. She was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport last February.
The news source held that Shakil denied supporting terrorism claiming she went to Syria because she wanted to live under Sharia Law.
Shakil is the first British woman imprisoned for joining ISIS.