Australia: Muslim refugee convicted of trying to wage jihad in Syria

A Melbourne man has been convicted of attempting to travel to Syria to wage jihad against the Assad regime.

A jury this morning convicted Somali refugee Amin Mohamed, 25, of Sunshine West, on three counts of preparing to enter a foreign state to engage in armed hostilities.

The maximum penalty for each charge is 10 years.

The charges relate to him applying for a New Zealand passport, booking plane tickets to Istanbul, and accepting the contact details of a man known as Omar in preparation to travel to Syria.