THE family of dead jihadi Ifthekar Jaman feared counter-terror police were bugging them, a man who interviewed them has said.
Tam Hussein said when he met the family back in May they feared police were eavesdropping on conversations in their home in Hudson Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth.
It comes as a 57-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman Enu Miah and Hena Choudhury – Ifthekar Jaman’s parents – were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in a dawn raid on Tuesday.
Mr Hussein is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Channel 4, BBC and national newspapers.
He said: ‘The family told me they were being bugged.
‘That’s the feeling they were giving, they thought they were being watched.’
Thames Valley Police swooped on the Jaman family home in Hudson Road, Somers Town, in a dawn raid on Tuesday.
Officers said the arrests were linked to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
A 57-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, believed to be Enu Miah and Hena Choudhury, were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The same address was searched by counter-terror police in April.
Officers from the South East Counter Terror Unit have now released the pair.
It is understood they were bailed on Tuesday evening after the arrests.
But police are still holding two men, 23 and 26. They are believed to be Ifthekar’s brothers Mustakim Jaman and Tuhin.
As reported, Ifthekar went to fight in Syria with the Islamic group Isil. He died fighting in December last year.
His appearance on BBC’s Newsnight sparked wide media coverage of his joining Isis – now known as Isil.
City leaders yesterday appealed for calm after the arrests.
Mr Miah was arrested under Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000, on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, Section 5 1(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006, engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000, arranging availability of money and property for use in terrorism.
Mrs Choudhury was arrested under Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.
The brothers were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
Officers were yesterday granted warrants allowing the brothers to be detained until Tuesday, October 21.
A 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich were also arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism and they too will remain in custody until that date.