Son of hate preacher Abu Hamza has $6k seized from $220k money laundering haul

Son of hate preacher Abu Hamza has $6k seized from $220k money laundering haul

Son of hate preacher Abu Hamza has $6k seized from $220k money laundering haul
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The oldest son of Egyptian hate preacher Abu Hamza, the renowned former imam of London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, has been sentenced to refund £5,200 ($6,400) in illicit proceeds from a money laundering scam that netted a group of fraudsters about £350,000.

Tito Ibn-Sheikh is one of Hamza’s eight offspring. His father was featured in the Arab News series “Preachers of Hate.”

A UK court heard that between 2018 and 2019, after being freed from jail for a previous offence, Ibn-Sheikh collaborated with an HSBC bank employee to create fictitious identities and launder money obtained via theft and fraud.

The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison in January of this year.

On May 11, Ibn-Sheikh appeared in court via video chat, claiming that he made around £180,000 through the scam, but that his realisable assets totaled approximately £5,200, which he was ordered to repay under the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act.

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“I will make the order for the seizure of the available sum, ceased as part of an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act,” Judge Adam Hiddleston stated. A major crime prevention order will also be enforced.

“These restrictions in relation to communication devices and other terms will last from five years after the date of which you are released from prison. If you breach any of the terms of the order, that is a separate offense for which you may be punished.

“These are obviously serious matters,” Hiddleston added.

Ibn-Sheikh’s 64-year-old father is serving life without the possibility of parole in a US maximum security prison after being found guilty of terror offenses in both the UK and US.

Last year, Yasser Kamel, 31, another of Hamza’s sons, was jailed for four years after authorities discovered an illegal drug cache worth about £30,000 in his home.

Ibn-Sheikh was jailed for 12 years in 2014 for kidnapping and torturing a man over a small debt.

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Russell Tyner, of the CPS Organized Crime Division, said: “Ibn-Sheikh was perfectly willing to bank and move large amounts of stolen money. The number of passports and other ID showed he was more than just a neutral recipient of the cash.

“He was an active and willing participant in the conspiracy, and he had the ability and means to create false accounts to launder cash.”

Tyner added: “His guilty plea shows the strength of the case against him. These are not victimless crimes and wherever possible the CPS will work with our law enforcement partners to bring money laundering cases before a court and any ill-gotten gains recovered.”

 

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