On 28 August 2017, 27 year old Ali Al-Talebi was sentenced in the District Court of NSW to a total effective sentence of imprisonment for 12 years, with a non-parole period of 9 years, for his role in sending funds overseas in an attempt to support the Islamic State terrorist organisation.
Mr Al-Talebi recruited an 18 year old university student to make a series of international money transfers over a period of three days in August 2014.
Between 18 July 2014 and 18 September 2014, Mr Al-Talebi arranged for the student to send a total of $18,000 to recipients in Pakistan and Turkey with the intention that such money would be used, in part, to facilitate the passage of foreign fighters from Pakistan into Syria to join Islamic State. Some of these funds were also intended to be provided to an Australian Islamic State fighter, Mr Mohammad Ali Baryalei, via an intermediary in Turkey. Mr Al-Talebi had a long-standing association with Mr Baryalei.
Mr Al-Talebi’s offending was investigated by police as part of Operation Appleby, Australia’s largest counter-terrorism investigation.
Following a 7 week trial, Mr Al-Talebi was found guilty by a jury on 9 December 2016 of the following three offences relating to his role in sending funds overseas in an attempt to support the Islamic State terrorist organisation:
- Two charges: Attempt to provide support to a terrorist organisation contrary to sections 102.7(1) and 11.1(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).
- One charge: Attempt to make funds available to a terrorist organisation contrary to sections 102.6(1) and 11.1(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).
On 28 August 2017, Mr Ali Al-Talebi was sentenced in the District Court of NSW to total of 12 years imprisonment. A non-parole period of 9 years was fixed. Mr Al-Talebi will not become eligible for parole until 14 December 2023.
In passing sentence on Mr Al-Talebi, Judge Robert Sutherland emphasised the need for general and specific deterrence in offending of this kind. His Honour found that Mr Al-Talebi “was well aware of the illegality of his actions and took steps to avoid detection from the authorities”.
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Notice of intention to Appeal has been filed and extended to 9 August 2019.