Posted: 1 November, 2016

'Remorseful' Logan Man Who Sent Funds To Syria To Be Sentenced

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Islamic bookshop owner,  Omar Succarieh sent money overseas because he wanted to see the Syrian government overthrown and replaced with a caliphate, a Queensland court has heard.

The 33-year-old is due to be sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading guilty to sending money to his fighter brother in Syria and arranging for another man to travel to the war-torn country.

The offences carry a maximum of 10 years in prison, but the crown is calling for Succarieh to be jailed for no more than three years.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard Succarieh sent $US43,000 to his brother Abraham Succarieh in 2014 while he was fighting alongside terror group Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

He also gave $7700 to an Australian-born citizen to travel overseas in an alleged attempt to join the Syrian fight.

Prosecutor Lincoln Crowley says Succarieh was a religious fundamentalist who sought to illegally support and aid those fighting in the war-torn country.

"He believed it was his religious duty to do what he could to involve himself in the conflict in the name of his faith," Mr Crowley said on Tuesday.

"He fought with his money and the assistance he was able to provide."

Omar Succarieh feels he will forever be known as the "accused terrorist who owned the bookstore".

In a statement to the court, Succarieh said he was someone who had made a mistake and suffered dearly for it.

He said he thought sending money to his brother "could have been the difference between life and death" and felt compelled to do something to help the plight of the Syrian people.

"I am completely remorseful," Succarieh said.

"This has completely tarnished my name and my family's name, and that has also made whatever punishment I have already received even worse."

The sentencing is expected to take two days because of the rarity and complexity of Succarieh's case.

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