A brother of Ifthekar Jaman – the ‘celebrity jihadist’ killed fighting in Syria two years ago – has appeared in court over charges of helping terrorists travel to the Middle East.
Tuhin Shahensha, from Hudson Road, Southsea, denied two counts of assisting others to prepare for travel to Syria by providing bank account details and advice.
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, was killed fighting for the Islamic State in Syria in December 2013.
He had encouraged others to follow him and take up arms against the Syrian regime.
Shahensha, sporting a chest length, unkempt black beard and rectangular spectacles, appeared in Kingston Crown Court via video link from HMP Highdown.
A third brother, Mustakin Jaman, 23, was also due to enter his pleas to a single count of preparing for terrorist acts today.
But Jaman failed to appear in the dock due to illness, and will be arraigned at a later date, the court heard.
Shahensha allegedly used social media to ask how to travel without a passport, how to get through airport security and what to expect when he arrived in Syria.
The 27-year-old believed some of the social media users were in Syria and taking part in the fighting there, it is said. Shahensha is also accused of purchasing a number of items including solar showers and military gloves over the internet.
He had packed a bag and appeared ready to leave the country when he was arrested by counter-terrorism police.
Shahensha allegedly provided assistance to a number of people who planned to travel to Syria.
This list included: Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, Asaduzzaman Asad, Mamunur Mohammed Roshid, ‘Abu Hud’, ‘Abu Usamah’, ‘Abu Hafsu’, ‘Nadjman Jazairi’, and Honda Muthana.
Addressing Shahensa, Judge Paul Dodgson said: ‘I hope you have been able to hear all of that.
‘Otherwise, I am going to remand you in custody with the expectation you will appear here for trial on May 5.’
Mustakin Jaman allegedly used social media app WhatsApp to advice a user named Sunny Bham about how to travel to Syria undetected by shaving his beard and travelling in a group.
Jaman also gave a group of men a lift to the railway station knowing that they intended to travel to Turkey and onwards to Syria to fight in the ongoing conflict, it is said.
He is further accused of offering to collect donations for Abu Dujana Al Muhahir – a fighter in the bloody conflict who Jaman allegedly knew had lost items on the battlefield.
He will be arraigned at a later date and will appear alongside his brother at trial on May 5, which is expected to last approximately three weeks.
Shanhensha denies two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts between March 2013 and October 2014.
Jaman, also of Hudson Road, Southsea, is yet to enter a plea to one count of the same charge.