Guilty verdict on ISIS terror tweet woman

A BATLEY woman has been found guilty of sharing a speech by the leader of ISIS online. 

Mary Kara, 57, was accused of re-tweeting a link to an audio clip by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to her 30 followers on Twitter.

She was this week found guilty by majority verdict of distributing a terrorist publication likely to encourage people to participate in terrorism.

The week-long trial heard that counter-terrorism police searched her previous address in Dewsbury when her husband was arrested in May, 2014.

A computer was seized from the property and an investigation into her internet activity began later that year.

Prosecutor Simon Davis told the court that Kaya’s Twitter account, called ‘Justice’ with the handle @GardenofGold, showed the link to al-Baghdadi’s speech, Even If The Disbelievers Despise Such, in November, 2014.

Mr Davis said: “The message was aimed at encouraging anyone who listened to or read it to participate in terrorist activity.”

The court heard the seized computer had been used to search for information about radical Islamic preachers, ISIS supporters, people who travelled to Syria and footage of explosions and attacks.

Kaya told police the seized laptop and mobile phone would not contain any terrorist material and she only used social media “to see what was going on in the world”.

The court heard that she said she was the only person with access to the account, so if any material was found she would be responsible.

She will be sentenced on March 27.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, head of the North East CTU, said: “It is clear from the evidence presented that Kaya openly demonstrated support for Daesh (also known as ISIS) and their ideology by the posts made via her Twitter account.

“The material posted included a message from Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi and a particular speech which glorified terrorism and encouraged listeners to carry out terrorist acts.

“Due to the vast reach and influence of social media, the implications of posting such material should not be underestimated; Daesh and other terrorist groups are continuing to use the online space to encourage support for their objectives and to provoke individuals to carry out attacks abroad and in the UK.”

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