Abubaker Deghayes, 50, pictured outside of court, a former leader of the al-Quds Mosque in Brighton was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice at Blackfriars Crown Court in London
The father of two fighters who died in Syria, has been jailed after threatening to have his wife shot if she gave evidence against him.
Abubaker Deghayes, 50, a former leader of the al-Quds Mosque in Brighton and the brother of Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice at Blackfriars Crown Court in London.
He was charged with assaulting Einas Abulsayen, who claimed he rammed her face into the carpet and pushed his fingers up her nose in an attempt to remove the jinns or evil spirits from her body.
After she reported him to the police Deghayes went to her brother’s house on November 27 and tried to speak to her but was prevented by the relative.
He told the brother: ‘Tell Einas to leave the country for a few months so the police drop the case’.
Deyhayes was cleared of the exorcism assault, but jailed for trying to prevent his wife giving evidence.
Both juries were unaware that Deghayes had previously been accused of whipping his children with electric cable, sparking a social services inquiry.
The case was moved from Brighton so that the jury was not aware of his notorious family background.
In April 2014 his son, Abdullah Deghayes, 18, was killed by a sniper while fighting in Idlib Province for the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.
His death was followed, nine months later, by his younger brother, Jaffar, who was still only 17.
A third brother, Amer, then 20, the eldest and first to arrive, was shot in the stomach in the same battle as Abdullah but remained in the country and was last active on social media in January 2017.
Abdulrahman Deghayes, 22, twin to Abdullah, was jailed for two years last September after admitting possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Police found drugs, scales, deal bags, cash, a safe and burner phones at Deghayes home in Hove when they searched it on March 3, 2016.
The drugs, cocaine, ketamine, MDMA and amphetamines had a street value of just over £2000.
Another son, Mohammed Deghayes, 19, was jailed for four years for drug dealing at Lewes Crown Court in April.
He had been arrested in Coldean Lane, Brighton, in November 2017 by police who smelled cannabis in a car he was in.
Abdullah Deghayes, 18, was killed by a sniper while fighting in Idlib Province to the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabbat al-Nusra
Abubaker Deghayes, who lives with his mother in Saltdean, Brighton, arrived in Britain from Libya in 1991.
He controversially had refused to stand for the court during his trial and the judge told him: ‘You appear rather arrogant with no respect for the secular nature of our laws.
‘You have refused to stand with the court opening and closing. This does not insult me but insults our proud legal system.’
Sentencing Deghayes to 18 months in jail, Judge Rajeev Shetty, added: ‘You had no respect for a police investigation that was going to be decided by a court and you chose to intervene knowing that you wife was susceptible to pressure due to her involvement with the community and her love for you.’
Deghayes married Einas Abdulsayen, a pharmacy graduate who is also his cousin, in December 1991 and they separated in 2010, after the allegation of assaulting his children was made.
The court heard that Deghayes had sent a series of text messages, begging his wife to drop the case against him, and adding love heart emojis, kisses and flowers.
He told her that their eldest son, Amar had sent videos from Syria which showed they had a grandchild and added: ‘We don’t have much time left together. This is not fair what you are doing to me. You promised when we were children that we would be together for better or for worse.
‘People are gossiping and their focus is on us. I can commit suicide if it makes you happy Einas. Have mercy on me.
‘I am a weak creature I do not have any power left to control. We spent good years together, good days and bad days.’
He then went to his brother-in-law’s house in Brighton on November 27 last year and told him to tell his wife to drop the case because it would be in the newspapers and would be an ’embarrassment to the family.’
Jaffar Deghayes, died nine months later in Syria when he was just 17 years old. A third brother Amer, the first to arrive, was shot in the same battle in Abdullah but remained in the country and was last active on social media in January 2017
When the brother-in-law, Mohammed Abulsayen, said the case was ‘nothing to do with him’, Deghayes added: ‘What do you want me to do, hire someone to shoot her?’
Deghayes wife said she believed that he was mentally ill, telling the court: ‘I felt Abubaker has schizophrenia and he needs to see a doctor. He pretends to be normal. He needs medicine or something.
‘There is no reason for him to want to kill me to be honest. He loses control. It confirmed to me that he needs a doctor.’
The assault allegation followed an alleged visit to his wife at her flat when he was said to have wrestled her to the floor and forced her arm behind her back, wrenching it from its socket.
Mrs Abulsayen told the court that her husband believed she was possessed by evil spirits and was trying to exorcise them.
She told police that he wrestled her to the floor and at one point he put his fingers into her nose to try and get the spirits, known as jinns, out.
Appearing via video link, dressed in a black abaya and hijab, Mrs Abulsayen, told the court: ‘He has been thinking for some time that I was possessed. He was telling me that I was possessed and he started talking to the jinn [spirit] that he thought I was possessed with, telling the jinn, ‘get out of her’.’
‘He was hitting me on my shoulder to get the jinn out of it. I couldn’t resist him. He focused a lot on the shoulder, I felt pain.
‘I said to him there is no jinn, this is not fair, please stop.’
Deghayes told the court that his wife blamed him for the death of his two sons and for introducing them to cannabis.
He claimed she had been mentally unwell since 1996 and claimed she was seeking revenge.
Deghayes denied being at the flat and told the court: ‘I believe every Muslim has to believe in angels, they are mentioned in the Koran, but I have no experience of dealing with jinns. I am very cowardly when it comes to dealing with such things.’