Coventry man ‘wanted martyrdom’ in Syria

A young British Muslim repeatedly tried to join Islamic State in Syria in a bid to achieve his ambition of becoming a martyr, his trial has heard.

Zakariya Ashiq, 20, from Coventry, left the UK in November, but was forced to return after failing to cross the border from Jordan into Syria, the Old Bailey was told.
He was arrested at Heathrow airport on his way home on 20 November.

Mr Ashiq denies preparing acts of terrorism.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assisting other people to take part in terrorist acts.

The prosecution said exchanges found on his mobile phone revealed he appealed to two friends for help in crossing the border.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Why couldn’t an infidel in Coventry grant him his wish?

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly. Win-win!

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    The Brits, like Canada etc, should let these POS go get themselves blown up in some far off pest hole and not being launching attacks in the West.
    The roach motel effect!

  • Minicapt

    Wash him, give him a serviceable set of combats, and send him to Syria; with his special Mohammedan abu-Allah ID card.