Melbourne disability pensioner to stand trial for allegedly funding Islamic State fighter
A Melbourne disabled pensioner has been committed to stand trial for allegedly funding hostile activity in Syria.
During a hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Isa Kocoglu, 44, pleaded not guilty to seven charges of giving money to a person “engaging in a hostile activity in a foreign state, namely Syria”.
He is alleged to have forwarded a total of more than $4,000 to John Georgelas, an American who fought for the Islamic State group in Syria.
Charge sheets allege from December 2013 to September 2014 Mr Kocoglu transferred money from his Commonwealth Bank account on seven different occasions via the online system PayPal.
The smallest amount was $30, the largest $2,360.
American intelligence flagged Mr Kocoglu to the local counter-terrorism unit, who undertook Operation Pontefract in late 2015.
The court heard in June 2016, the Australian Federal Police seized six electronic devices from his home, including hard drives and USB flash drives.
All up investigators seized 4 terabytes of data, which took some time to assess and analyse.
Mr Kocoglu was charged in October 2017.
After a hearing on Friday, some of it behind closed doors, Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt committed Mr Kocoglu for trial.
His bail has been extended.
A directions hearing will be held in the Supreme Court next week.