Terror charge woman denies sharing ISIS leader’s speech

A BATLEY woman denied sharing a speech by the leader of ISIS online, a court has heard. 

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

Leeds Crown Court 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.

She was arrested on October 21, 2015 as part of an operation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Kaya was then charged with an offence of Disseminating Terrorist Publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act, 2006.

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. Mr Davis said the person using the computer visited accounts “generally supportive of Islamic State”.

He said the @GardenofGold Twitter account posted “well written, eloquent tweets” and sometimes engaged in conversations with other social media users, including an English Defence League supporter.

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

When she was interviewed again in January, 2016, Kaya made no comment but provided a pre-prepared statement in which she said she had never posted anything on her Twitter account and believed her account had been hacked.

Mr Davis said: “The irresistible conclusion is that which (Ms Kaya) first stated in interview: ‘No-one else uses my account so if there’s anything on there, I’m the only one guilty’.”

Kaya denies dissemination of a terrorist publication likely to encourage people to participate in terrorism.

The trial continues.

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