British woman who took toddler to join IS jailed for 6 years

LONDON -- A judge sentenced a British woman on Monday to six years in prison for going to Syria to live under the rule of the Islamic State group.

See Full Article

Tareena Shakil, 26, was convicted last week of being a member of the group and encouraging acts of terrorism.

In October 2014 she and her 1-year-old son boarded a plane to Turkey and then travelled to Syria. After three months Shakil fled, taking a taxi from the IS stronghold of Raqqa to the Turkish border and then returning to Britain. She was arrested at Heathrow Airport in February 2015 and her son has since been taken into social care.

Shakil, from Birmingham in central England, denied the charges, claiming she wanted to live under strict Islamic law, not support terrorism and telling jurors she had made a mistake.

But prosecutors said photos on her phone showed her posing with a firearm and her son wearing a hat with the IS logo.

Judge Melbourne Inman said Shakil had embraced the Islamic State group and sent messages home saying "that it was part of your faith to kill the murtadeen (apostates) and ... you wanted to die a martyr."

"You were well aware that the future which you had subjected your son to was very likely to be indoctrination and thereafter life as a terrorist fighter," the judge said.

Like other European countries, Britain is increasingly concerned about residents --including a growing number of women -- travelling to Syria to fight or support militants. Officials say 56 girls and women from Britain went to Syria last year.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Friend of South Korean president handed prison sentence in corruption case

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. Source
  • Senator Daniel Lang, who tackled terror, announces resignation

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Canadian Senator known for being tough on terror and working to end the gun registry announced his resignation Thursday. Senator Daniel Lang, a Conservative who represents Yukon, announced he plans to retire on Aug. 15. “It seems like yesterday when I arrived and one of my first orders of business was to sponsor in the Senate, the repeal of the long gun registry which was so detested in rural and Northern Canada,” Lang said in the Senate Thursday morning. Source
  • New Zealand paper names all drunk drivers on front page

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Queenstown's breathtaking scenery, adventure sports and skiing have made it a must-see destination for millions of tourists visiting New Zealand. But the resort town's vibrant nightlife has also contributed to what some describe as an epidemic of drunken driving. Source
  • Veteran LAPD officer arrested for sex with 15-year-old cadet

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday arrested a veteran Los Angeles police officer for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old cadet who is suspected of joyriding in stolen patrol cars. The chief personally handcuffed Officer Robert Cain at the 77th Street Division. Source
  • Qatar's neighbours issue steep demands to end crisis

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. Source
  • Qatar's neighbours issue list of demands as diplomatic dispute continues

    World News CBC News
    Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. Source
  • Alberta Health Services apologizes after representative sends racist text

    Canada News CTV News
    STANDOFF, Alta. - Alberta Health Services is apologizing and has placed an employee on administrative leave after officials at a southern Alberta First Nation complained about a racial slur being used in a text message. Source
  • Sask. residents shed 'tears of joy' after stay granted to family facing deportation

    Canada News CBC News
    Hundreds in a small Saskatchewan town are breathing a sigh of relief after finding out a family set to be deported to Honduras within two weeks gets to stay. Sinclair Harrison was among a group of volunteers in Moosomin, Sask. Source
  • Father and son to chopper around the world for Canada 150

    Canada News CTV News
    A Canadian father-son team is planning to go where no father and son have gone before - - on a flight around the world in a helicopter. Bob Dengler and his son Steve plan to begin the potentially record-setting adventure with another pilot on Canada Day. Source
  • Authorities: Bullet meant for charging pit bull ricochets off ground and kills teen boy

    World News Toronto Sun
    PALMDALE, CALIF. - A deputy’s bullet that was fired at a charging pit bull apparently ricocheted off the ground and hit and killed a 17-year-old boy who had been helping to restrain the dog, authorities said Thursday. Source