Make-up artist who wanted to marry ‘Jihadi John’ jailed for terror tweets

Zafreen Khadam

Zafreen Khadam was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A make-up artist has been jailed for spreading Islamic State propaganda – after sending messages to friends saying she would ‘marry’ Mohammed Emwazi – who came to be known as Jihadi John.

Zafreen Khadam, 32, shared graphic videos and images of IS violence that included a video of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, alongside the message ‘good riddance.’

A court heard she also shared a photo of the beheading of the American journalist James Foley and calls to kill ‘disbelievers’ in America and Europe.

Khadam suggested in messages to friends that she was going to Syria and would ‘marry’ Emwazi.

Emwazi featured in a number of gruesome beheading videos before he was killed in a US airstrike last November.



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Jihadi John was killed in a drone strike in November

Khadam set up 14 Twitter accounts to share messages about IS activities, creating new accounts as soon as others were shut down because of their content.

She tweeted up to 20,000 times over one five-week period last year, police said.

When confronted by the recipient of one of her messages, who said what IS was doing was not in the name of Islam, she said: “IS aren’t doing anything wrong. I will support them as much as I can.”

Khadam, who is from Sheffield, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in custody after a jury found her guilty of 10 counts of dissemination of terrorist publications.

It was only when you were arrested on March 27 that you stopped. Had it not been for your arrest, I am satisfied you would have continued what you were doing.

It is particularly shocking that you made such images your favourites and made your profile open to the internet to see.

You created a note pretending that all of this was research. That document was a deliberate lie to try to bolster your defence.

There is no evidence that your conduct has led to terrorist acts but the nature of the internet and it’s global reach means your spreading of IS propaganda causes a serious risk to the public here and abroad.

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Danny F. Quest, is an artist, blogger, journalist, and media personality. Co. Founder of TheTruther.us, Danny works as a Freelance journalist and graphic designer for WeAreChange.org, author of ‘120 characters or less’ The guide to winning a debate in the Digtal age. Danny is also working on two documentary films, I love my country but hate what they are doing” and “30 days in Gaza” depicting what it is for Palestinians to live under Israeli occupation.

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