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.
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.