A Sydney man who plotted to kill ‘five to seven’ Australians a month under the orders of Islamic State has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Omarjan Azari, 24, was seen giving a one-finger ISIS salute and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at NSW Supreme Court during his sentencing on Friday, The Australian reported.
Justice Natalie Adams sentenced him to 12 years behind bars for planning the attack, and eight years for his involvement in funding the terror group in Syria, with two years of each term served concurrently.
He will be eligible for parole after serving 13 and half years in 2028.
‘Belief in Islamic State led this offender to attempt to fly to Syria to fight, transfer funds to help Islamic State, liaise with a senior Australian member of Islamic State and become so indoctrinated that during the telephone call on 15 September 2014, he agreed that he would follow any order of the commander of Islamic State even if it included terror acts in Australia,’ Justice Adams told the court.
‘I am satisfied that the offender held radical… Islamist and anti-western, ideological beliefs at that time and was supportive of Islamic State and other militant Islamist groups.’
Azari was found guilty last year after he admitted to attempting to make funds available to the Islamic state in preparation for the attack.
The court had previously heard Azari planned the terrorist act in a phone call with Australian and high-ranking ISIS member Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who was very likely in Syria, in September 2014.