Man allegedly attempting to travel to Syria arrested at Sydney Airport
A WESTERN Sydney man police consider was radicalised on-line might face life behind bars after allegedly attempting to board a aircraft to struggle with Islamic State in Syria.
Moudasser Taleb, 22, was arrested and brought to Mascot police station after he took a taxi to the airport yesterday, the place police allege he meant to purchase a one-way ticket to Lebanon or Turkey.
From there, they consider he needed to discover his approach into Syria and take up arms with the fear group.
“We will be alleging that through online communication he was radicalised,” NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson stated.
Taleb was speaking with individuals abroad, allegedly motivated by his personal want to be a part of IS, however police are nonetheless investigating whether or not any relationships in Australia fuelled his radicalisation.
“We believe he was acting alone in this particular act and was radicalised by himself,” Mr Hudson stated.
Taleb, Australian-born with a Middle Eastern background, allegedly put his belongings up on the market on social media and purchased military gear comparable to fatigues and survival kits to put together for the theatre of conflict.
But he had not even purchased his ticket at the worldwide terminal earlier than he was swarmed by state and federal counter-terrorism cops about 10am.
Police raided Taleb’s household house in Matts Ave, Panania, the place neighbours had seen him pray and chant on the street sporting floor-length white robes.
“He and an older man were praying in the street and throwing their arms skywards,” one neighbour stated. “They seemed intent on praying and were chanting together.”
Police emerged carrying luggage of pc gear.
Last night time he was charged with getting ready to enter a overseas nation to interact in hostile exercise — an offence that may end up in a life sentence. He will seem at Central Local Court Friday.
“The charge … is serious and it’s significant and should not be underestimated. The Australian government has recognised that and increased the penalty to life in prison,” Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney stated.
Police may even examine whether or not Taleb communicated with any of the 200 Australians believed to have fled to the warfare zone.
Parts of Syria, particularly Raqqa province, have been declared off-limits by the federal authorities in December 2014.
Police have urged anybody with info to all the time come ahead — regardless of how small or insignificant they could assume it’s
The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.