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Walsall brothers raised cash for Syria fighter

Two men who sold their brother's BMW to raise cash for him while he was fighting in Syria for so-called Islamic State have been convicted.

Mohammed Hussain, 26, and Mohamed Rohaman, 32, both from Walsall, collected £10,000 for Musadikur Rohaman, a terrorist fighter in Raqqa.

The two brothers were found guilty of terrorism funding offences between November 2014 and June 2015.

They denied the charges, along with Mohammed Khan, 27, who was convicted.

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The brothers were found guilty after a trial at the Old Bailey in London and will be sentenced on 9 September, along with Khan, who is also from Walsall.

Musadikur and his wife, Zohura Siddeka, both 27, left for Syria in December 2014.

'Family tragedy'

The two brothers sold his £4,000 BMW car, his wife's wedding dress and £1,200 worth of family gold to raise funds for him.

Their mother was forced to lock up valuables in the family home to try to stop them.

They also arranged for Zohura Siddeka's maternity pay from her job as a teacher to be sent out to Syria. She gave birth in September 2014 but the baby died days later.

Hussain, a qualified lawyer, was found guilty of receiving money for the purposes of terrorism and entering into a funding arrangement.

He recruited family friend and accountant Khan, 27, to help raise funds by taking out credit card loans and selling valuables.

Khan was convicted of entering into a funding arrangement.

Rohaman was found guilty of providing money for the purposes of terrorism.

The three defendants claimed the money was to help Musadikur to come back to the UK.

A fourth man, Maruf Uddin, 26, also from Walsall, was cleared of entering into a funding arrangement.

Nigel Lambert QC, representing Hussain, said: "This is a family tragedy - their brother remains in Syria. This was a matter of misguided loyalty."

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