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Australia Victorian pensioner who funded Islamic State spared more jail time

11:35  08 november  2019
11:35  08 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A Melbourne pensioner won't spend any more time behind bars after a judge accepted he was "infatuated" by an American Islamic State supporter he sent money to. Millionaire property tycoon, 51, who punched a pensioner in a brutal road rage attack in his own front garden is spared jail .

A Melbourne pensioner won't spend any more time behind bars after a judge accepted he was "infatuated" by an American Islamic State supporter he sent money to. Hampton Park man Isa Kocoglu admitted sending more than 00 over several transactions to John Georgelas while the American

A Melbourne pensioner won't spend any more time behind bars after a judge accepted he was "infatuated" by an American Islamic State supporter he sent money to.

Hampton Park man Isa Kocoglu admitted sending more than $2700 over several transactions to John Georgelas while the American was fighting in Syria in 2014.

County Court Judge Greg Lyons said it wasn't in the interest of justice to sentence Kocoglu to more than the 31 days he served on remand several years ago when he was first charged.

a man standing in front of a crowd of people: Isa Kocoglu is seen leaving the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Friday, July 13, 2018. © AAP Isa Kocoglu is seen leaving the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Friday, July 13, 2018.

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Victorian pensioner who funded Islamic State spared more jail time . A Melbourne pensioner won't spend any more time behind bars after a judge accepted he was "infatuated" by an American Islamic State supporter he sent money to.

"The pensioners don't want to be a burden to their children, and feel that if they can't survive on the state pension then pretty much the only way not to be a burden is to shuffle themselves away into prison," he "I don't want to do this again, and I will soon be 70 and I will be old and frail the next time .

He was freed today on a $500 promise to be of good behaviour.

Kocoglu's barrister Rishi Nathwani had argued that the now 45-year-old was groomed by Georgelas after the death of one of his young twin sons in a devastating house fire in 2011.

He'd spent more time online and examining his faith and ideas in the period afterward, which had led him to Georgelas, the court heard.

Judge Lyons said while Kocoglu had held some extremist views as early as 2005 it was easy to imagine the tragedy had played a role in what transpired.

He agreed there was not much difference between him being "infatuated with" and "groomed by" Georgelas and that the relationship was built on trust, faith and the belief Georgelas needed money to run his pro-Islamic State website.

Kocoglu was the administrator of a supportive Islamic State Facebook group during 2014, when he made a total of four transfers to Georgelas to support the ongoing operation of his website in Syria.

He also suggested a small proportion of the first payment could be directed to Syrian people to provide dates or barley.

Judge Lyons said while the offending was serious, the amounts were small and it was noteworthy the money was not to be spent on arms or ammunition for the terrorist organisation.

The court heard Kocoglu had renounced Islamic State, had no prior offences and had not re-offended in the past five years and was not a threat to the Australian community.

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