A star-star amateur boxer who trained with Anthony Mundine was placed on a watchwatch list after being discovered with & # 39; AL QAEDA & # 39; tattooed on his left arm.
Edris Barez, 26, is being closely monitored by the authorities because of his links with & # 39; Islamic radicals & # 39; and the brother of the Australian-born ISIS hunter Mohamed Elomar.
Barez – who was born in Afghanistan – spent time in a maximum security prison in New South Wales when a fellow prisoner wrote the name of the terror group in large letters on him in early 2014.
It was this tattoo, his links to other well-known ISIS sympathizers, and his alleged comments about & # 39; wanting to blow airplanes out of the sky & # 39; who have added it to the high-risk list.
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Edris Barez (photo) has been placed on a risky terror watchlist because he has tattooed Al Qaida on his arm and has links to various ISIS sympathizers
Barez, 26, has become an amateur boxer since being released from prison. He trained in a gym in western Sydney alongside champions such as Billy Dib and Anthony Mundine (photo)
Barez was released conditionally in 2016 and shortly thereafter returned to prayer at the Quakers Hill mosque.
He also joined the Bodypunch Boxing Gym in Lakemba, became a star student and won several amateur fights.
There he trained with champions Billy Dib, Lauryn Eagle and Anthony Mundine – himself a recent Muslim convert. Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that Mundine, Dib or Eagle have any involvement with or are sympathetic to ISIS in any way.
But it was Barez's relationship with another member of the gym, Ahmed Elomar, that worried the authorities the most.
Elomar – the younger brother of the dead ISIS hunter Mohamed – is on a risky terrorist waiting list himself.
During a search for the home of Elomar's mother in July 2019, the police discovered a cell phone with a series of WhatsApp text exchanges between Elomar and Barez.
These messages seemed to refer to the Elomar horse stud, whose logo has an image similar to an ISIS flag and contains important Islamic words as part of the motto.
Other WhatsApp conversations with Barez referred to the teachings of Ibn Taymiyyah, a harsh Islamic radical who was an inspiration to Osama Bin Laden.
Barez was only 18 when he committed a wave of violent armed robberies with friends in western Sydney in 2011.
Legal documents from Daily Mail Australia reveal that he entered a liquor store on May 19, 2011 with a balaclava and armed with a submachine gun.
But despite their heavy artillery, Barez and his accomplice remained empty-handed.
He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for those crimes, but even prison bars were not enough to stop his insult.
Barez has links to Ahmed Elomar (photo), who himself is on a watchwatch list for his alleged links to the Islamic state
Elomar's brother Mohamed (photo) went to Syria to fight for the Islamic state, but was killed in a bombing in 2015
During his detention, he was charged with 23 violations, including the extremist art work that now runs alongside his arm.
Wellington officers with maximum security prison saw Barez's arm for the first time in February 2014.
At that time, only the letters & # 39; ALQ & # 39; inked, but it was finished in a few months.
In March of that year, Barez saw a plane flying over the prison and walked over to a guard who was standing nearby.
I'm not an extremist, but I love Al-Qaeda …
& # 39; I wish I had an RPG (rocket grenade), I would blow that plane out of the sky, & # 39; said Barez allegedly to the Corrective Services officer.
When the prison officer asked if he was a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; wanted to be, the prisoner replied: & # 39; Well I'm not an extremist, but I love Al-Qaida & # 39 ;.
He was released conditionally in 2016, when he started a carpentry job at a company.
A few months earlier, his new boss Muhammad Wahabzadah himself had been arrested for having a gun, ammunition, knives, boxing brackets and a flag of the Islamic State.
With the conditional release of Barez ending earlier this month, the authorities applied for a three-year surveillance order to monitor him.
To assess the risk that Barez entails, he was assessed by experts Rachel Terry and Dr. Rodger Shanahan.
Barez (photo) will remain under the supervision of the authorities for the next 28 days, before the NSW Supreme Court decides whether it should remain on the watch list for another three years
Ms. Terry noted after a meeting with Barez that he had a & # 39; network of associates associated with or having views in support of violent extremism & # 39 ;.
Dr. Shanahan claimed that the & # 39; tattoo of an Islamic group & # 39; combined with the images of the & # 39; flag of the & # 39; Islamic terrorist group & # 39; meant it & # 39; reasonable & # 39; was to assume that people with whom Barez had interacted since his release a & # 39; radicalized view of Islam had & # 39 ;.
Legal documents stated that Barez had recently made efforts to have his & # 39; AL QAEDA & # 39; tattoo surgically removed.
But the decision was mainly influenced by aesthetic appeal and concern about health issues that may result from a tattoo in prison, the court heard.
This week, the Supreme Court of NSW issued an interim supervision order against Barez.
As part of the order, he must wear an electronic bracelet, not make contact with people who support & # 39; terrorist actions & # 39 ;, no & # 39; extremist material & # 39; own or use social media.
He will be supervised for at least the next 28 days, with further assessments being required before the court decides whether a longer supervision order is appropriate.
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