* Milad Atai, born in 1996, was arrested, on 03/22/2016, in Guildford, West Sydney, Australia, along with a 16 years old schoolgirls, a third-generation Australian who had lived all her life in Sydney’s western suburbs and was in her final year of high school. Both are expected to be charged with getting funds to, from or for a terrorist organisation. The charge carries a maximum 25-year prison sentence.
Police will allege the pair, who are friends, were both sending money overseas to Islamic State
In a sweeping pre-dawn Appleby Operation , in 09/2014, counter-terrorism police raided Milad Atai’s family home in Northmead, in Sydney’s west, but he was not charged with anything at the time.
Milad Atai. who calls himself Abu Baraa, is named in a terrorism control order with 18 other Appleby targets, who police believe have the intent and the capability to carry out terrorist attacks in Australia (see – Western Jihadists ).
Despite being under heavy surveillance since 2014, police will allege Milad Atai sent money to the terrorist organisation this year. Police would not confirm how the money was raised and whether it reached the organisation. Milad Atai understood to be upwards of $10,000, and that he procured the schoolgirl to send the funds to former Melbourne man turned jihadi fighter, Ahmed Merhi, sometime between 02/03/2016 and 03/22/2016.
The 16-year-old girl has not been on the police radar until now, Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said.
Milad Atai is the 14th person to be arrested from the original 18 Appleby targets and is considered the last of the major targets to be arrested. So far only one person, Omarjan Azari, was charged.
Atai’s brother Mohammd, who calls himself Abu Umar Al Khursani, posted his bank account details online on Monday, pleading for support to help finance Atai’s court case.
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