16 July 2016
A former member of Britain’s air force and a wheelchair-bound man were sentenced to nine years in jail by a British court on Friday for terrorism-related offences in the Syrian war, police said.
Police in the north-western city of Manchester said in a statement that Stephen Gray and Abdalraouf Abdallah were arrested in 2014, but pleaded guilty to a range of offences.
Gray, who served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq and converted to Islam when he left the military in 2004, tried to travel to Syria to join an organisation designated as a terrorist movement.
Police said he was helped by Abdallah, a joint British and Libyan national, who came to Britain for treatment for injuries he sustained in Libya that left him paralysed from the waist down.
Meanwhile phones and computers seized from Abdallah’s house showed he sourced automatic weapons for Gray and another man when they arrived in Syria.
“However, Gray was twice turned back from Turkey as he tried to reach Syria.
“The devices also showed communication between Abdallah and contacts in Belgium as well as Syria,’’ it said.