London hairdresser claimed thousands through Covid scheme, then funneled cash to fund ailing ISIS terror group, court hears

    43-year-old Tarek Namuz is accused of sending at least seven payments to finance terrorists

    A hairdresser’s owner has sent £25,000 to IS militants in Syria after claiming thousands of pounds in Covid Bounce Back loans.

    Tarek Namuz, 43, is accused of sending at least seven payments between November 2020 and April 2021 to finance terrorists.


    43-year-old Tarek Namuz is accused of sending at least seven payments to finance terroristsAuthor: Central news

    Namuz received help from his local council – Hammersmith and Fulham West London.

    When police raided his Boss Crew Barbers shop in Olympia, West London, last May, they found £3,000 in cash and a hidden phone with messages for contacts in Syriaan THERE IS videos of bomb making and footage showing how to kill with a knife.

    In the months before his arrest, he made seven transfers totaling £11,280 to a man called Yahya Ahmed Alia in Syria, where Namuz lived until he was 14.

    Kingston Crown Court heard that during a conversation with a friend who was visiting him in prison, Namuz told him he had sent £25,000 to Syria.

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    Jurors were told he sent money to a former IS member who used it to buy sniper rifles and said he wanted to set up a base for 30 fighters.

    Namuz said the £3,000 found by police was “from government and labor money”.

    Prosecutor John McGuinness KC told jurors: “He was receiving Covid loans and said he mixed the two up.”

    Namuz denies funding IS and owning terrorist videos.

    The trial continues.

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