TWO young Muslim men found guilty of trying to get into Islamic State-controlled Syria to commit terrorist acts have now finally been jailed.
Mohammad Hanzalah Patel and Safwaan Mansur, both 23, were arrested at an Istanbul hotel in June 2017 after contacting a US agent posing as an IS sympathiser.
The vile jihadi school friends denied preparation of terrorist acts, saying what happened was just “thoughts and banter”.
Patel, from Leicester, and Mansur, from Birmingham, were each jailed for 14 years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Patel, of Frederick Road, and Mansur, of Hampton Road, first traveled to Istanbul in 2016, with the aim of getting into Syria, their trial had heard.
They returned home after a contact failed to answer calls but went back the following year.
In May 2017, Mansur was communicating with a user of the encrypted messaging site Telegram – who was in fact working for the US government – to discuss crossing the border into Syria.
When the two men arrived in Istanbul, the contact told them he would send someone to help but, once they revealed their whereabouts, they were arrested.
A search of their luggage revealed camping equipment and outdoor survival gear, the court heard.
Lawyers acting for both pathetic excuses for men said that the pair had formed a “naive and idiotic” plan to cross into Syria, but had no intention of fighting or committing acts of terrorism. Thankfully, the judge and jury were having none of it.
Patel and Mansur, who were found guilty last month after a two-week trial, were also this week sentenced to 12 months on extended licence.