Three men who posed as Muslim Aid charity collectors to finance terrorist activities have been ordered to repay £26,400 to the charity.
Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid, Ashik Ali and three other men, all from Birmingham, were convicted in February last year of planning to detonate eight explosive devices in a terrorist attack to rival those of 7 July 2005.
The court found that the men had used high-visibility vests and collection buckets carrying Muslim Aid’s logo to raise more than £14,000 by posing as street collectors in Birmingham during Ramadan in 2011. But only £1,500 of the money collected ever reached the charity, the court found.
The three men were given sentences of between 20 years and life for their terrorist activities.
Last week, Judge Mr Justice Henriques, sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in London, ordered the trio to repay a total of £33,032.87 under the Proceeds of Crime Act – 80 per cent of which will be awarded to Muslim Aid. The remainder will be given to a Birmingham-based Muslim school, not connected to Muslim Aid.
The court order says that repayment must be made within three months, or the men will face further time in prison.
A spokeswoman for Muslim Aid welcomed the order. "The funds received will be used toward providing help to the homeless and the hungry in Britain," she said.