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Victorian pensioner admits to sending cash to IS fighter

Georgelas, reportedly one of Islamic State’s top producers of English language propaganda, manipulated the “generous” family man, according to Mr Nathwani.

“It is clear he’s got his hooks into Mr Kocoglu and manipulated him at the very least.”

I am able to denounce ISIS on his behalf

Isa Kocoglu’s lawyer

Kocoglu sent him cash on numerous times through third-parties to help fund the jihadist’s online propaganda.

Kocoglu’s home was searched in June 2016 and counter-terror officers seized several devices, the court was told.

He was not charged until 16 months later after officers pored over the data, including his Facebook history.

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“I miss you bro,” were one of the messages Kocoglu sent to Georgelas.

Kocoglu was also the administrator of a private social media group which posted extremist propaganda and showed support for IS.

Extremist propaganda, including images of men about to be executed, was also uncovered on his computer.

In social media messages, Kocoglu told people who questioned him about his support of the terrorist network “there was fake news being spread about IS”.

He urged others to “keep an open mind” about the jihadist group.

However, Kocoglu no longer held these views and his mindset about IS had changed.

“I am able to denounce ISIS on his behalf,” Mr Nathwani told the court.

The prosecution argued it was not seeking more jail time for Kocoglu on top of the 31 days he already served, but believed a community corrections order or recognizance order was appropriate.

This would also take into account the offender’s longstanding, unresolved mental health issues.

County Court Judge Greg Lyon said he was not considering imposing more jail time but wanted the devout Muslim to undergo a program similar to de-radicalisation.

The plea hearing will continue next Friday.

AAP

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