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West Midlands Police: 'Conviction sends clear message on terror'

West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale says convictions continue to send a clear message to those who think they are going to engage and support terror, that they will not get away with it.

Comments come after apprentice bricklayer from Birmingham was today convicted of trying to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria and "training" for battle at a local Midlands paint-balling centre.

The Assistant Chief Constable added that there are ongoing issues and challenges in the fight against terror, with encrypted devices and communications, police and security services must continue to develop their techniques and abilities.

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Brothers deny sending £10,000 to terrorist in Syria

Two brothers have appeared in court accused of sending £10,000 to a terrorist fighter in Syria.

Mohammed Iqbal Hussain, 25, and Mohamed Suyaubur Rohaman, 32, both of Walsall, are charged with funding terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000.

They allegedly transferred £10,000 to their brother Musadiqur Rohanan, who is believed to be engaged in terrorist activity in Raqqa, Syria, and his wife Zohura Siddeka.

Westminster Magistrates Court Credit: Yui Mok / PA Archive/PA Images

Hussain also faces three other charges of funding terrorism.

Both defendants appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, central London, in front of Deputy Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot.

Alisha Harris, defending, indicated the pair deny all the charges against them.

The brothers were arrested last Tuesday at their home in Castle Road in an intelligence-led investigation, West Midlands Police said.

Two other men arrested by counter-terrorism officers in Walsall on Thursday on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences have been released on police bail until April.

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