Australian jihadist who traveled to Syria behind bars: Mehmet Biber

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Purse jihad: Australian who traveled to Syria to fight with al Qaeda is back behind bars accused of violating strict control orders by importing fake luxury goods and lashing them out on Facebook

  • Mehmet Biber was jailed in 2018 for entering Syria to fight with Jabhat al-Nusra
  • The violent terrorist group falls under the control of the Al Qaeda network
  • His release is subject to conditions restricting his movements and activities
  • The 29-year-old was arrested for selling counterfeit goods on Facebook

An Australian jihadist who was jailed for flying to Syria to join an Islamic terror group is back in jail after allegedly failing to tell police he was importing fake luxury handbags and selling them online.

Mehmet Biber, 29, was sentenced to at least two and a half years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to entering a foreign state to intend hostile activity.

As a condition of his release, the Sydney resident was subject to strict restrictions on his movements and activities by the Australian Federal Police.

Some of Biber’s control orders prohibit him from working without first notifying the police.

The alleged violation means he faces an additional five years in prison if found guilty.

Mehmet Biber, 29 (pictured), was sentenced to at least two and a half years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to entering a foreign state to intend hostile activity

He is accused of importing counterfeit handbags and selling them for profit on Facebook Marketplace, in direct violation of his Control Order, which prohibits anyone from engaging in paid work without first notifying the police

He is accused of importing counterfeit handbags and selling them for profit on Facebook Marketplace, in direct violation of his Control Order, which prohibits anyone from engaging in paid work without first notifying the police

Beaver, who became the first Australian citizen to be convicted under foreign burglary laws, is accused of importing counterfeit handbags and selling them for profit on Facebook Marketplace.

Counter-terrorism expert Professor Greg Barton told Channel 10 News that while the breach may seem harmless, “if he looks at his history he could have gotten into trouble with more serious action very quickly”.

He added that his goal is not to sell goods on Facebook Marketplace, but to reconnect with extremists online and expose him to further radicalization.

The 29-year-old was just 20 when he flew to Syria via Turkey in 2013 to join the violent terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, which fell under the control of the al-Qaeda network.

Beaver (pictured) was the first Australian citizen to be convicted under foreign burglary laws

Beaver (pictured) was the first Australian citizen to be convicted under foreign burglary laws

The 29-year-old was just 20 when he flew to Syria via Turkey in 2013 to join the violent terrorist group Jabha al-Nusra

The 29-year-old was just 20 when he flew to Syria via Turkey in 2013 to join the violent terrorist group Jabha al-Nusra

Just six months later, in February 2014, Biber returned to Sydney.

He was arrested and sentenced to four years and nine months with a two and a half year non-parole period.

Although the charge carried a maximum sentence of 20 years, the judge considered Beaver’s youth and naivety at the time of the trip as extenuating circumstances.

Beaver’s bail has been formally denied and he will return to Parramatta Magistrates’ Court on May 4.

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