Tradie who designed rockets for ISIS criticizes the terror group as a & # 39; malicious sect & # 39; and cries in court when he is in prison for 25 years
- Electrician Haisem Zahab, 44, helped ISIS at NSW's home for three years
- He designed and tested rockets in his yard and sent research to ISIS in the UK
- Zahab was in court on Tuesday for conviction and convicted terror group
A trader who designed rockets for ISIS, cried in court and said he no longer supports the terror group because he has been behind bars for 25 years.
Electrician Haisem Zahab, 44, has been assisting ISIS from his home in Young, rural New South Wales for three years before being arrested in February 2017.
He designed rockets on his computer and also created a missile defense system that could detect when a rocket attack was imminent.
Electrician Haisem Zahab (photo shoot a hobby rocket in his garden), 44, has helped ISIS for three years
Zahab, who installed solar panels for a living, sent his research via coded software to a member of ISIS in the United Kingdom. Pictured: his house in Young, NSW
Zahab, who installed solar panels for a living, sent his research via coded software to a member of ISIS in the United Kingdom.
After he had pleaded guilty for a series of terrorist attacks, Zahab was brought to justice on Tuesday for sentencing.
He told the court that he no longer supports ISIS after the group killed 250 innocent people during the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sydney Morning Herald.
& # 39; I want to put it on the facts that I categorically reject the bad ideology of ISIS, & # 39; said Zahab.
& # 39; I went through a period of denial and I went through an acceptance period in which I accept that I was wrong and I accept that the ISIS ideology was wrong. & # 39;
Zahab claimed that when he worked for IS he did not realize that they were killing civilians.
He said the group's propaganda confused him & # 39; and kept him in a bubble.
& # 39; I believed that what I saw was true and that they were a force for good & # 39 ;, he said.
The prosecution exam, Richard Maidment asked him: & # 39; Are you saying you are radicalized to get a lighter sentence? & # 39;
After pleading guilty for a series of terrorist attacks, Zahab (pictured as arrested in 2017) was sued Tuesday for being sentenced
According to 10 News, Zahab cried and said: & I am really ashamed. I was sucked into what I consider a cult. & # 39;
Later, Zahab told Justice Geoffrey Bellew that he had been trapped by thinking that he & # 39; did incredibly well & # 39 ;.
The judge asked him & # 39; do you now accept that you were incredibly wrong? & # 39; and he answered & # 39; yes of course & # 39 ;.
Zahab was threatened by the federal police in July 2015 after some of his relatives left Australia to fight in Syria.
He has been in prison at Guxburn Supermax since his arrest in early 2017 and will be sentenced on 7 June.
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