Hate preacher’s ex jailed after ‘double life’ sharing sick Islamic State content

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The ex-wife of a notorious hate preacher has been jailed for sharing an Islamic State video showing beheadings and mutilated children.

Khadidja Benboukhemis, 42, lived a 'double life' as a mum and volunteer by day and revelling in sick extremist content and propaganda by night, Plymouth Live reports

The mum from Plymouth, Devon, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to three years behind bars after being convicted of two counts of dissemination of terrorist publications.

The judge rejected Benboukhemis' claim that she shared the material without knowing its content and was merely “trying to gain the recipient’s opinion of it”.

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The court heard how Benboukhemis was “intelligent and articulate” and was well aware of what she was sharing which included a song labelled an “explicit encouragement to support Islamic State”.

She also shared a video called “Flames of War 2” which the judge said contained “graphic recordings of beheadings, executions by setting victims on fire, the desecration of the dead bodies of IS opponents and the mutilated bodies of children killed in the Syrian War.”

The Recorder of Richmond Judge Peter Lodder QC said the video, which was almost an hour long, was “intermingled” with footage of attacks by Islamic state on Western targets, as well as battle scenes and the “glorification of IS fighters”.

He said: “This was the highly provocative and deeply shocking material which you sent, intending to encourage acts of terrorism.”

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Benboukhemis was described as living a “double life” – working, volunteering and looking after her children by day – but by night became immersed in an “online world of rhetoric and discussion around Islam that became increasingly extreme”.

Between 2014 and 2017, Benboukhemis was married to convicted terrorism fundraiser Abu Izzadeen, who changed his name from Trevor Brooks when he converted to Islam.

Izzadeen was jailed for two years in January 2016 for leaving the UK illegally after he was found in Hungary on a train to Bucharest, having been smuggled out of the UK via Dover.

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An associate of Anjem Choudary and spokesperson for Al Ghurabaa, he was also jailed in 2008 for four and a half years on charges of fundraising for terrorism and inciting terrorism overseas.

She blamed her third husband for her involvement in radical Islam, the court heard, and told a probation officer that Izzadeen would encourage her to research her knowledge of Islam.

However evidence from her phone showed Benboukhemis had sent a Whatsapp message saying Izzadeen was “detained in the prison of Cross worshippers. Just because he said the truth”.

Judge Lodder said: “You were well aware of your husband’s allegiances, and demonstrated your support for them.

“It may well be that you were guided into the radical world by one or both of your second and third husbands, but it is clear that you quickly became an enthusiastic and committed IS supporter.

“I am prepared to accept that you are now beginning to appreciate just how wrong it was to act as you did, and I hope that you have realised that you must have nothing to do with terrorism in the future.”

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