Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Australia arrests and jails female Somali refugee who tried to leave the country to join ISIS

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A former nursing student, who was the first South Australian to be found guilty of being an Islamic State member, has been jailed for three years.
Abdirahman-Khalif lived in refugee camps in Kenya until she was 14 years old and moved to Australia with her family, who are of Somali origin, in 2009.
She bought a one-way ticket to Turkey and planned to travel to IS-controlled parts of Iraq and Syria.
She was detained at Adelaide Airport in July 2016. In May 2017, she was again arrested and charged by Australian Federal Police with "knowingly being a member of a terrorist organisation".
According to Australian police the Somali refugee was charged with the following: Membership of a terrorist organisation, namely Islamic State, contrary to section 102.3 of the Criminal Code (Cth) being a Commonwealth offence that is punishable on conviction by a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
Police alleged that she cultivated relationships with Islamic State members online, and that she pledged her allegiance to this terrorist organisation.