Australian IT geek charged with terrorism for giving software to a relative who works for ISIS

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Australian IT geek is charged with terrorism ‘after giving video editing software to a relative who became a press officer for ISIS’

  • A Brisbane man has been charged with terrorism for allegedly supporting ISIS
  • He was arrested by a joint team of federal and state police on Tuesday
  • He allegedly provided video editing software to a relative who worked for ISIS 

A Brisbane man has faced court accused of giving video editing software to a relative who was working for the media unit of the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

The 27-year-old faced Richlands Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation, Australian Federal Police say.

Police allege the Algester man provided video-editing software to a relative who had travelled to the conflict zone – and was working for the media unit of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A Brisbane man has faced court accused of giving video editing software to a relative who was working for the media unit of the Islamic State terrorist organisation (stock image)

He was arrested after a joint raid by ASIO and federal and state police in Algester on Tuesday.

He was charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation, contrary to two sections of the criminal code, which carry a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.

The 27-year-old faced Richlands Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation, Australian Federal Police say (stock image)

The 27-year-old faced Richlands Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation, Australian Federal Police say (stock image)

AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, national manager for counter terrorism, said they allege the support this man provided was tangible and would directly assist a terrorist organisation with its objectives.

He said there was no threat to the community in Queensland as a result of this investigation.

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