Australia: Melbourne man accused of funding Islamic State refused bail

A Melbourne man accused of funding terrorism has been refused bail after he allegedly told police he did not believe he had committed a crime and sent money to ‘protect his brothers and sisters’.

Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, is charged with sending $16,000 in 11 installments to an unnamed individual overseas to fund their travels to Syria and Turkey.

El Sabsabi was arrested at his Seabrook home in police raids in September, and had been under observation for eight months when AFP officers were tipped off by an international law enforcement agency that he was allegedly sending money to an American fighter in Syria.

Police are reported to have tracked El Sabsabi’s communication with the man through Skype and Facebook, but he maintains that he does not believe he did anything wrong…

Just another bro trying to help the Islamic cause! Isn’t diversity grand?