According to The Telegraph, a man arrested in Bangladesh for being a suspected volunteer for the self-proclaimed Islamic State was also a singer for the death metal band Jahiliyyah.
Asif Adnan, 26, was arrested in Bangladesh after he and another man, Fazle Elahi Tanzil, were recruited by Samiun Rahman, a 24-year-old London minicab controller, to travel to Syria to join ISIL militants.
Now, all three face life sentences if convicted.
Adnan’s family has submitted a bail application which describes him as having “brilliant academic and cultural records,” holding a first-class degree in economics.
His family accuses “cultural rivals” for instigating his arrest “on the basis of baseless information and implicated him in a groundless case with a view to destroy his career, future and to harass him and his family.”
Detectives claim to have intercepted text messages by Adnan to Tanzil in which Adnan spoke of his desire to travel to Syria and join the “jihad.”
“I just want to be in the land of Jihad. Among the Mujahideen. Living a life only for Allah,” he is alleged to have written. He was also trying to figure out where to travel to depending on which jihadi group accepted him: “It if is from Nusra, then probably to Khorasan,” he allegedly wrote. “If it is AQIS [Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent] then the focus is on Burma, don’t know the details about that.”
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