Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza’s eldest son is ordered to pay back £5,200

Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza’s eldest son is ordered to pay back £5,200

The eldest son of hook-handed hate cleric Abu Hamza has been ordered to pay back just £5,200 despite making nearly £180,000 from a money laundering plot.

Tito Ibn-Sheikh, 35, was handed information by an HSBC bank insider, which he used to create false identities for account holders, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The bank accounts were then used to launder the proceeds of thefts and frauds, with victims losing a total of £342,000 between May 2018 and December 2019.

Ibn-Sheikh, one of eight children of Hamza, was jailed for a total of three years and nine months in January.

Appearing via video-link from HMP Highpoint in Suffolk, he confirmed his benefit from the money laundering scheme was £179,413.

But his realisable assets amount to just £5,242.64 and a judge ordered the cash to be confiscated following a brief hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act today.

Ibn-Sheikh was also jailed for 12 years in 2014 for leading a gang who kidnapped a man and tortured him over a £15,000 debt.

At the time of the money laundering scheme Ibn-Sheikh was on licence following his release from prison.

Former Finsbury Mosque imam Abu Hamza, 64, is serving life without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US.

Another of his sons, Yasser Kamel, 31, was jailed for four years last April after he was caught with cocaine, MDMA and ketamine worth £30,000 at his home

Speaking after Ibn-Sheikh was jailed earlier this year Russell Tyner, of the CPS Organised 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.

‘His guilty pleas 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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