‘Jihad leaflet’ woman pleads guilty

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Shella Roma to be sentenced next month

AN OLDHAM woman has pleaded guilty to producing a leaflet which encouraged a Holy War.

Shella Roma, 28, of Chester Street, Werneth, Oldham, appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday and was due to go on trial alongside her husband Amjad Mahmood, 30.

Roma was arrested after a man working at a photocopy shop in Ashton-under-Lyne contacted police about a leaflet she had asked to be copied.

The shop assistant copied the document 200 times as requested, but was so shocked by what he had seen that he called police.

The document was an eight-page essay, entitled The Call, and contained theological, political and historical commentary and mentions the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the War on Terror.

Roma wrote the document and asks in the essay, “Will you go to Jihad (holy war)?” The document ends with the statement: “Jihad: the choice is yours.”

She will be sentenced on 20 March. The charges against her husband were ordered to lie on file.

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