An illegal immigrant who sent sim cards to ISIS jihadis has been jailed for eight years in landmark ruling

Rabar Mala, 32, ran the “IT department” for ISIS and offered to launch a gun attack at the Royal Cheshire County Show, Manchester crown court heard.


The two day event each June attracts 80,000 visitors

Known as “Colin”, he had been refused asylum in 2008 and was using the details of his brother.

The Ford car valetter told terrorists: “I have about seven tickets, it only needs people and weapon, believe it will be hunt for crusaders.”

Manchester Crown Court heard Mala told jihadis he had spent four years wanting to travel to join ISIS.

Mala, of Warrington, admitted the UK’s first prosecution of “possession of property for the purposes of terrorism."


A total of 360 SIM cards were recovered from the Mala’s home address, which allowed ISIS to open hundreds of Facebook, Twitter and Telegram accounts to send secret communications and target new recruits.

Det Supt Will Chatterton, of the North West’s CTU, said: “By day Mala appeared to be a hard-working, well-liked man, but when he got home he’d dedicate his time to helping promote truly evil causes.

"He was supporting global terrorism from his flat in Warrington."

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