Australia: A young man who wanted to be an Islamic State fighter but was stopped at Sydney Airport as he tried to fly to Syria will walk free from jail after being handed a five-year good behaviour bond.
Moudasser Taleb, who had no plane ticket and little money when arrested in mid-2017, was found guilty by a jury in April of preparing to travel to Syria for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities.
The defence had claimed Taleb had no intention of engaging in warfare and that he was mentally ill at the time.
Taleb was 22 when caught at the airport in June 2017. He was later found to have videos on his phone of beheadings, people with Isis flags and battlefields.
NSW supreme court Justice Peter Hamill on Friday said the two years Taleb had already spent in custody were adequate. The judge found him to be of good character despite his crime.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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