Exclusive: Father of convicted ISIS member Tareena Shakil says she was the 'perfect daughter'

Tareena Shakil Credit: West Midlands Police

The father of a woman found guilty of travelling to Syria to join so-called Islamic State has told ITV News Central that she made a 'mistake' but that she was not a terrorist.

26-year-old Tareena Shakil was found guilty of being a member of ISIS and of encouraging acts of terrorism by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.

It makes her the first British woman to be found guilty of ISIS membership.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Mr Shakil insisted that his daughter did not travel to Syria to become a terrorist, arguing instead that she simply wanted to live under Sharia Law.

Her father said he'd fought 'tooth and nail' to get his daughter back to Britain, only for her to be found guilty of crimes he doesn't believe she committed.

Mr Shakil said Tareena was the 'perfect daughter' who wanted to 'be somebody' in life. He insisted that she had done nothing wrong and that she would be 'gutted' at the verdict.

When asked if he'd every thought his daughter might be a terrorist, Mr Shakil said the thought had never crossed his mind even for a 'millisecond'.

Tareena Shakil will be sentenced on Monday and could be jailed for ten years. Her father says they plan to appeal the conviction.