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Omar Saghir

Born: 1982;

Place of Birth: Australia;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: Australian;

General Info:
Omar Saghir is an Australian man who is accused of financially aiding an overseas fighter to flee his country and join Syrian terrorist groups fighting against the country’s government forces.

His Australian passport was cancelled in February 2020, he was deported from Saudi Arabia to Turkey, then deported to Australia, where he was arrested.

He was arrested by Australian Federal Police officers in New South Wales when he landed at Sydney Airport on Friday, July 16, from Saudi Arabia, where he had been since 2019.

Saghir has been charged with one count of making preparations for incursions into foreign states for purpose of engaging in hostile activities. The maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.

He played a senior role in a Brisbane group that held a religiously motivated violent extremist ideology and a desire to travel to Syria to fight.

Saghir has also been accused of co-founding an organisation that provided funds to people who later fled Australia to join the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group.

He allegedly transferred $1010 on August 8, 2013, to ‘Witness 1’ – who was in Turkey at the time, but later went to Syria and fought against government forces. Witness 1 had provided a full statement against Saghir, including details of conversations they had.

These allegedly included discussions of ‘Jihad’, providing Syrian anti-government fighters with men and armaments and asking the Mujahideen militant group to help with the fight in Syria.

Also, Saghir was accused of posting videos to his Facebook account in mid-2019 showing the fighting in Syria and encouraging followers to join and support the cause.

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