Former beauty queen jailed for sending £35 to Islamist fighters in Syria

A former beauty queen has been jailed for sending £35 to Islamist fighters in Syria.

Amaani Noor “married” a man she had never met over the internet and was planning to join him when she was arrested.

The 21-year-old was found guilty of funding terrorism after a court heard she supported violent jihad and sharia law.

Noor was jailed for 18 months on Friday, while co-defendant Victoria Webster was sentenced to 17 months for encouraging her and funding terrorism.

Greater Manchester Police said both women held extremist views and had expressed support for Isis and Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Noor, a former performing arts student, previously entered beauty competitions and became a finalist in the Miss Teen Great Britain pageant in 2014.

Noor claimed she gave the money believing it would be used to buy food for women and children in Syria, but prosecutors said she knew it may be used for terrorist purposes.

Noor accepted that some of the views she expressed in them appeared “harder” than views of Isis, but claimed she wanted to find out about the organisations to decide whether to support them.

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