ISIS terror suspect, accused of helping a relative make propaganda videos, tried to join the Australian police and reached the recruitment phase
- Alaa Adan Atwani was arrested on Tuesday in a stock house in southern Brisbane
- He was accused of trying to support a terrorist organization
- Police say he sent video editing software to relatives to create ISIS videos
- Years later, he is said to have tried to join the Queensland Police Force
An accused ISIS supporter tried to join the police after allegedly helping a relative make propaganda videos for the terrorist group.
Alaa Adam Atwani, 27, was arrested on Tuesday in a stock house in Algester, south of Brisbane.
He was accused of trying to support a terrorist organization and brought to court the following day.
Police say Atwani has provided video editing software for Sony Vegas to his relative Samir Atwani, who has traveled to a conflict zone in the Middle East and worked for the Islamic State media unit.
An accused ISIS supporter tried to join the police after allegedly helping a relative make propaganda videos for the terrorist group (archive image)
"We will claim that the support this man has provided is tangible and would directly assist a terrorist organization in its goals," said AFP Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney.
Atwani committed the alleged offense in late 2014 in a unit in the southwestern suburb of Punchbowl, Sydney.
It is believed that he knew he was helping a terrorist organization.
Three years later, in 2017, Atwani signed with the Queensland Police Force, as AAP understands.
Years after Atwani reportedly sent the video editing software to his relatives, he is said to have registered with the Queensland Police Force.
Atwani has not disclosed his connection to the member of the Islamic State to the police, News Corp Australia reported.
But sources told AAP that it didn't take a year in the recruitment process before the connection was made and it was ejected.
One of Atwani's roommates, Rohit Rajana, said he didn't know Atwani well, but he seemed to be a "good guy".
Mr. Rajana said Atwani lived at the Brisbane Sharehouse for several months but did not spend time with any of the roommates.
Atwani, who faces a 25-year prison term, did not request bail and was detained.
His affair was adjourned on June 21 before the Magistrates Court in Brisbane.
Deputy Commissioner McCartney said there was no threat to the Queensland community as a result of the investigation.
He said the police had set themselves the goal of "identifying all crimes related to Australians who traveled illegally to participate in the conflict in Syria and Iraq."
Police say Atwani has provided video editing software from Sony Vegas to his relative Samir Atwani, who has traveled to a conflict zone in the Middle East and worked for the Islamic State media unit (archive image).
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