Two men sold brother's BMW and watch to fund his ISIS fight, court hears
Two dry cleaners allegedly sold their brother's BMW, watch and wedding outfit to raise cash for him while he was fighting for Islamic State in Syria.
Mohammed Hussain, 26, and Mohamed Rohaman, 32, collected a total of £10,000 for Musadikur Rohaman, a terrorist fighter in Raqqa, it is claimed.
Musadikur and his wife Zohura Siddeka, both 27, left for Syria in December 2014.
His two brothers apparently sold his £4,000 BMW car, his wife's wedding dress and £1,200 worth of family gold to raise funds for him.
Their distraught mother was allegedly forced to lock up valuables in the family home to try and stop them.
They also arranged for Siddeka's maternity pay from her job as a teacher to be sent out to Syria, it is claimed. She gave birth in September 2014 but the baby died days later.
The pair are on trial at the Old Bailey in London charged with terrorism funding offences between November 2014 and June 2015.
Prosecutor Julian Christopher QC said: "At the heart of this case is a Muslim family from Walsall, in the West Midlands.
"The first defendant, Mohammed Hussain, is the youngest of eight siblings.
"He is responsible for running the family business, a laundrette and dry cleaners in Walsall.
"The second defendant, Mohamed Rohaman is on of his brothers. Between them in age is another brother, Musadikur Rohaman."
He added: "Musadikur had told people that he was going on holiday, but the true purpose for his trip was to go to Syria to join and fight for IS, and that is what he did."
Hussain apparently recruited family friends Mohammed Khan, 27, and Maruf Uddin, 26, both accountants, to help raise funds by taking out credit card loans and selling valuables.
"This case concerns the steps which these four defendants took, in various different ways, to help Musadikur by sending money out to him, by selling items belonging to him and his wife, by obtaining a credit card and by extracting money from his and his wife's bank accounts," Mr Christopher said.
Hussain is charged with receiving money for the purposes of terrorism and entering into a funding arrangement.
Rohaman is accused of providing money for the purposes of terrorism.
Khan and Uddin are both charged with entering into a funding arrangement.
The four men, all from Walsall, deny the charges against them and claim the money was to help Musadikur to come back to the UK.
The trial continues.