The Australian Muslim, 29 years old, went back to Syria to join terrorists, because his views were even more extreme than those of ISIS
- The man would join ISIS before he realized that their views were not extreme enough
- Amin Elmir pleaded guilty to prepare to travel to Syria to join ISIS
- He did not cross the Syrian border and was later arrested in Australia
A man from Sydney who was planning to fight for the Islamic State abroad got cold feet because his views were even more extreme than those of the terrorist group, a judge has heard.
Amin Elmir pleaded guilty in February to preparing a trip from Turkey to Syria to undertake hostile activities for IS between April and June 2016.
The 29-year-old, from Bass Hill, did not cross the border and was arrested and charged six months after returning to Australia.
A man from Sydney who was planning to fight for the Islamic State abroad got cold feet because his views were even more extreme than those of the terrorist group, heard a judge (file photo)
Public Prosecutor Trish McDonald SC told the NSW Supreme Court Friday that Elmir withdrew due to a & # 39; theological argument & # 39; and not because he realized that IS & # 39; terrible things & # 39; did like beheadings.
The disagreement was about unbelievers, she said.
& # 39; It seems that the offender had a stricter understanding that ignorance is not an excuse. & # 39;
Justice David Davies asked: "His opinion was indeed more extreme than he thought the Islamic State was?"
Mrs. McDonald replied: & # 39; Yes, your honor & # 39 ;.
Defense lawyer Greg Scragg said the dispute concerned no more than who was and who was not a Muslim.
He explained that Elmir made the & # 39; spontaneous, impulsive and reckless decision & # 39; had made a religious pilgrimage to Mecca with his family when they returned to Sydney.
& # 39; There is no planning at all with someone & # 39 ;, he said.
The 29-year-old, from Bass Hill, did not cross the border and was arrested and charged six months after returning to Australia (file photo)
& # 39; He is the only one in Turkey, with no one to meet him, no one to help him with that. & # 39;
Mr Scragg offered a half-page handwritten letter from Elmir on Friday, in which he stated that he had changed his mind.
Justice Davies warned the attorney that without being called Elmir for a cross-examination, he & # 39; great difficulty & # 39; would have to accept the untested statements.
& # 39; It seems to me that these letters are often received by sentence, & # 39; he said.
Mrs. McDonald added: & # 39; It is very easy that when someone is confronted with the prospect of a judgment session for a violation with a very high maximum penalty … to tell someone & # 39; I have given up my views & # 39;. & # 39;
Elmir waved and smiled at his parents in the public gallery, but did not stand in court.
His verdict continues.
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