December 5 2013 Latest news:
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The wife of a convicted terrorist has been given a suspended sentence for failing to provide information that might have helped in his arrest and prosecution.
Ayan Hadi, 31, of Acton, west London, had already admitted failing to alert the authorities when her husband Richard Dart had planned to fly to Pakistan for combat training which could then be followed by violent acts of terrorism.
She had pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to failing to provide information that she knew or believed might have helped secure the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of her husband for an act of terrorism.
In sentencing Mr Justice Sweeney told Hadi that ‘justice could be tempered by mercy’ particularly in cases involving someone who is vulnerable or in a relationship with a defendant.
Hadi had been in an abusive first marriage, felt isolated and wanted a happy home life, the court was told.
She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, a two year supervision order plus a 10 year notification requirement where she will have to tell the authorities of her whereabouts.
Dart was jailed for six years in April with two co-conspirators Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood for engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.
The judge told Hadi that there had been ‘an element of choice’ in her decision not to alert the authorities after her husband revealed his intentions to her in November 2011.
He also noted the 31-year-old mother was of good character, and that neither she nor any member of her family had shown any Jihadist sympathies.
Hadi and Dart met on the internet in August 2011 and married a month later, and she claimed she had no idea he was an extremist until she later saw a BBC documentary by his step-brother Robb Leech called My Brother The Islamist.
The judge said: “You have demonstrated remorse for your behaviour. This experience has made you aware of your responsibilities which you should have been aware of in the first place.”
At the time Dart, a former BBC security guard, and the two other men were sentenced the judge said they were all ‘committed fundamentalists’ who would have been prepared to kill.
He changed his name to Salahuddin al-Britani and became involved in extremism after moving from his home town of Weymouth, Dorset, to east London and fraternising with radical Muslim Anjem Choudary.
Emails between Hadi and her husband showed he had made it clear ‘his terrorist intentions plain’ the judge said.
Mohammad Hossain, defending, claimed Hadi was a decent woman now with a young child who had married Dart while ‘not knowing the type of man that he was’.