The 27-year-old was one of the leading figures in an ISIS contingent fighting in Syria – he appeared in several promotional videos and images, including one where he is holding a severed head.
According to a court statement, the British terrorist was nicknamed “Barbie” and complained to people in Great Britain that he did not have any moisturizer and toilet paper in Syria.
Bodybuilder Imran Khawaja demanded cocoa butter and toiletries as well as condoms and complained when his friends failed to send them.
Members of ISIS attempted to fake his death by posting messages all over social media websites about his “martyrdom” in Syria; this was an attempt to sneak Khawaja back into the United Kingdom undetected. Khawaja’s family even tried to cajole him into returning by sending pictures of food.
The Woolwich Crown Court reported, that he only planned to come back to raise money for weapons and to recruit other fanatics to return to Syria with him, but he was apprehended before he could plan his return.
In a letter to the court, Khawaja apologised for his actions and urged other young Britons not to make the same mistake an fall for terrorist propaganda.
In the note to the judge, he said: “I will just like to apologise for the laws I have broken – I am sincerely sorry. I have let my country, my family and my community down.
Khawaja, of Southall, Middlesex, previously admitted preparation of terrorist acts and attending a terrorism training camp between January and June of last year.