Terror funding accused denied bail

A QUEENSLAND man facing terrorism charges has been denied bail amid claims he had viewed execution videos and terrorist propaganda online.

Omar Succarieh, from Logan in Brisbane's south, has been accused of sending $27,000 to his brother in Syria who police believe is fighting with the Jabhat al-Nusra.

Crown prosecutor Glen Rice told Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday there was evidence Mr Succarieh had been speaking to people fighting with terrorist groups in Syria.

"He has affiliations with persons associated with the conflict, on behalf of JN (Jabhat al-Nusra) in Syria, and declares his support for that conflict," Mr Rice said.

Mr Succarieh, who has been held in solitary confinement, applied to the court to be granted bail and to be held under house arrest instead.

Lawyer Kerri Mellifont, acting for Mr Succarieh, argued her client had been held in custody for a long time with no indication of when the case would proceed further.

A $100,000 surety was offered if he was granted bail.

Mr Rice had argued Mr Succarieh was a "flight risk" because there was evidence to show the accused man hated Australia, referring to the country as a "sh**hole", "a curse" and "a disgrace" and wanted to leave.

However, Ms Mellifont said these statements were made while he was without a passport and felt disengaged.

While he made comments that he wanted to cancel his Australian citizenship so he would be forcibly deported, she said he did not seek to do this and he did not run when he had an opportunity.

Justice Peter Applegarth said although it was alleged Mr Succarieh's brother was fighting in Syria while his other brother Ahmed was killed as a suicide bomber in Syria in 2013, one could not immediately assume guilt by association.

He said Mr Succarieh was born in Australia, had close family here and had a good working history.

Justice Applegarth said Mr Succarieh had allegedly been subjected to harsh conditions while in jail because he had been placed in solitary confinement, spent six weeks in an unpowered cell before being placed in a powered one and had no access to an exercise yard.

"I would regard these conditions as exceptional," he said.

But he dismissed Succarieh's application, saying that circumstances did not justify releasing him on bail.


Topics:  court crime syria terrorism

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