Accused Vic ISIS financer to fight charge

Defence lawyers for a Melbourne man accused of funding Islamic State fighters in Syria want to cross-examine police about the records they seized from his email and social media accounts.


Hampton Park man Isa Kocoglu appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday charged with providing support to a person engaged in hostile activity in Syria.

It’s alleged the disability pensioner sent almost $4000 using online payment system PayPal to a known ISIS jihadist between November 2013 and August 2014.

His lawyer Jessie Smith on Monday detailed plans to cross-examine police about the Facebook and email accounts they accessed when they seized Kocoglu’s electronic devices.

Kocoglu was allegedly running a website used by people who support Islamic State ideology when he helped raise funds for the ISIS fighter.

The Australian Federal Police allege Kocoglu sent the money after multiple cash deposits were made at a Commonwealth Bank branch at Kogarah, in Sydney’s south.

The maximum penalty for financially supporting a foreign fighter in Syria is 10 years’ imprisonment.

Kocoglu will face a committal hearing in July to determine if he should stand trial.

The 43-year-old married father spent almost one month in custody after he was arrested during an early morning raid in October, but had been under investigation for more than a year.

At the time of his arrest, Kocoglu was on a disability support pension due to his obesity and mental health.

A magistrate initially refused him bail but he was released on a $50,000 surety in November after taking his fight to the Victorian Supreme Court.

As part of his bail conditions, Kocoglu must report daily to police, obey a 10pm to 6am curfew, and not leave Victoria.

He is also banned from social media, except for unencrypted services such as Skype to contact family members, and is limited to one phone service in his name.

Kocoglu will return to court for a one-day committal hearing on July 13.