Haisem Zahab pleaded guilty in 2018 to knowingly providing support or resources to a terrorist organisation after working on a laser warning receiver, rockets and a rocket guidance method for ISIS from 2014.
The 44-year-old, from the NSW town of Young, also admitted he failed to comply with an order to help police access encrypted data on his phone and other devices.
On Friday, June 7, NSW Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Bellew jailed Zahab for nine years with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.
Prosecutors said Haisem Zahab, an Australian, researched rockets and propellants on his farm and sent a 288-page report of his findings to ISIS via an encrypted messaging app https://t.co/YJH6dtRARq
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 7, 2019
The judge dismissed Zahab’s claim he genuinely believed at the time of his offending that ISIS was “a force of good” rather than evil and could, therefore, assist civilians in Syria fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Country electrician who designed missiles for ISIS because he thought terror group was a ‘force for good’ is jailed for six years https://t.co/QRSycgdx8e #auspol #HaisemZahab #muslimterrorism #islamistheproblem
— Mike Barlow (@mikebarlow2) June 7, 2019
He rejected Zahab’s testimony that he had been in a cult or bubble of ISIS supporters—including on Twitter where he assumed the alias “Stranger”—and had divorced himself from mainstream news.
A New South Wales electrician who researched missile detection methods for Islamic State has been jailed for almost 7 years. Haisem Zahab pleaded guilty to providing support to the terrorist organisation, saying he was “hoodwinked’ into thinking ISIS was a force for good. #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/fMomwHLoat
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 7, 2019
Justice Bellew was also skeptical of the electrician’s subsequent contrition.
With time already served, Zahab will be eligible for release in December 2023.
— Jesse Dorsett (@jessedorsett) March 1, 2017