Throw the book at him….
Northern Irish Muslim convert accused of fleeing to Syria to fight in conflict said he went to tell Allah he was there to help
- Eamon Bradley, from Londonderry, insisted he went to help the people in war
- His lengthy interviews with officers constituted ‘bedrock’ of prosecution case
- Accused was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) after photos on his Facebook account appeared to show him posing with weapons
- He denied all six charges against him at Londonderry Crown Court hearing
Eamon Bradley, from Londonderry, insisted he went to help the people suffering during a catastrophic civil war.
Londonderry Crown Court heard Bradley told police: ‘The killing of babies, this is what brought me there.’
His lengthy interviews with officers constituted the ‘bedrock’ of the prosecution case.
The accused was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) after photos on his Facebook account appeared to show him posing with weapons, although an expert said they could have been decommissioned.
When he was questioned he spoke at length with detectives about his alleged role.
His defence attempted to undermine some key details of his account.
In 2013 he was watching the devastation of the Syrian civil war, as rebels fought a bloody war to depose Syrian president Bashar Assad from power.
He used a Facebook page to research the fighting, convert to Islam and make contact with people who told him how to get there, his evidence at interview showed.
They pinpointed a village on the Turkey/Syria border and he was given a WhatsApp mobile messaging number to meet with the rebels once there, his account said.
He flew from Dublin to Turkey in February 2014, and was then smuggled across the border with Syria, crossing a river using a tractor wheel as a makeshift raft.
H/T: Tommy Robinson