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Britain pointedly did not send a message of congratulations, having made its position clear about the "abuse of human rights" that followed the election.

Outside the court, riot police clashed with relatives of some of those put on trial, according to one reformist website.

Often, young Muslims who go to Syria can be naive and don't recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups.' Some are as young as 14 or 15, and travelling to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of militants.

Louisa Rolfe, assistant chief constable of Avon and Somerset, said: 'Since she was reported missing by her parents we've carried out extensive work to trace her footsteps from the time she left home to her arrival in Istanbul.

She added: 'We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation.

A similar tranche of detainees appeared in court last Saturday.

"Relatives of the defendants and a large group of people gathered in front of the court building on Saturday.

The rituals mark the holy Day of Ashura, which is the tenth day of the "mourning month" of Muharram, when Shi'ite Muslims remember the death of Imam Hussein (Husayn Ibn Ali) at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Imam Hussein's martyrdom is widely interpreted by Shia as a symbol of the struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression.

She is believed to have taken a coach to Heathrow, and her father only realised she was missing when he went to collect her from school that afternoon.

A family friend said the teenager, who wears a headscarf, had not asked for any money and her parents were unaware of any cash she could have used to pay for her flight – suggesting that whoever recruited her may also have bought her tickets.

A friend, 15, who had a history lesson with Yusra the day before she went missing, said she seemed 'completely normal'.

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