Australian police have confirmed on Tuesday that two people have been arrested on suspicion of financing ISIS to conduct their operations overseas.
The suspects are a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man. The detention of the two was the result of a counter-terrorism mission undertaken to pre-empt domestic radical attacks locally as well as to stop the flow of funds to foreign IS militants. NSW Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn withheld the identities of the suspects involved but told reporters that they were caught while sending money to send it to ISIS to aid them financially in conducting their terror activities.
According to CNN, the deputy commissioner said that if the charges are proved, the alleged offenders will be sentenced to maximum 25 years of imprisonment. The official charges would be announced after the court proceeding along with other details about the fund particulars, Burn said.
“We anticipate that both these people will be charged later today and attend court and the charge that we anticipate they will have is one of financing terrorism,” Burn told reporters. “We will be alleging that they were involved in obtaining money to send offshore to assist the Islamic State in its activities,” she said.
According to Reuters, Australia, a supporting hand for the United States in its fight against the ISIS in Syria and Iraq, is more likely to be attacked by home-grown radicals since 2014. According to the report, there are dozens of Australians who have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the ISIS militants. In November, an Aussie anti-money laundering agency said that they had received reports of suspected fundraising done for ISIS had tripled since 2014.
Australia Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said that the latest arrest of the two does not seem connected to any imminent attack to the nation. “The charges these two people are expected to face relate to their alleged activities in raising funds and attempting to transfer those funds to an overseas terrorist organisation,” he said in a statement.