A 32-year-old make-up artist who wanted to marry “Jihadi John” has been jailed for over four years in the UK for glorifying the Islamic State (ISIS) and spreading its dangerous propaganda online.
Zafreen Khadam, posted nearly 20,000 tweets on Twitter and had sent messages in support of the ISIS terrorist group, including wanting to go to Syria to become a jihadi bride of Kuwaiti-born British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’ and killed in a drone strike last year.
Khadam, who dubbed herself “Jihadi Princess” and “Princess Kuffar” on social media, also shared graphic videos and images of ISIS violence that included a video of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, alongside the message “good riddance”.
She was found guilty of 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications after a trial yesterday at Sheffield Crown Court and sentenced to four and half years.
“It is particularly shocking that you made such images your favourites and made your profile open to the internet to see,” Judge Julian Goose said.
“There is no evidence that your conduct has led to terrorist acts but the nature of the internet and its global reach means your spreading of ISIS propaganda causes a serious risk to the public here and abroad,” he said.
She had set up 14 Twitter accounts and used Whatsapp to share videos, including one showing the beheading of Kurdish fighters.
Kahdam, who had worked as a make-up artist but had been unemployed for a while, told the court she had become interested in ISIS after reading an article about a footballer who had gone to join the group.
She told the court: “It was always about understanding them. I never supported them in my heart. It was an act.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Khadam has not disputed posting the information, claiming she did so out of curiosity and the belief that she did not consider it to be terrorist material”.
“Yet this material glorified terrorism and delivered powerful messages, encouraging terrorist acts and calling upon others to kill,” Wain said.
Khadam wept loudly in the dock and shouted “no, no, no” as she was sentenced.