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Alleged IS man 'kept under radar': court

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Rebekah Ison

A Sydney man accused of trying to send thousands of dollars to support Islamic State was sophisticated in using others to do things for him to "keep beneath the radar", a court has heard.

Ali Al-Talebi, 27, was in contact with an Australian fighter in Syria and had religious chants downloaded from the jihadist militant group, the prosecution says.

He allegedly helped recruit a younger Muslim man to send $6000 to Pakistan. The money was allegedly to be used for sending fighters to Syria, in 2014.

The crown also says he tried to have more than $9000 in US bank notes sent to a man in Turkey, who had been nominated by Australian IS member Mohammad Ali Baryalei.

It says the money was handed over in the presence of a group of men at the Parramatta mosque carpark before being taken by the young man to western Sydney money exchanges.

The transfer attempts were made over three consecutive days in August, it alleges.

Al-Talebi has been charged with two counts of attempting to give resources to a terrorist organisation and one count of knowingly making funds available to a terrorist organisation after raids in 2014.

It's also alleged Al-Talebi gave a book called "how should we be pleased in staying behind", which explained that jihad could be completed by not withholding wealth to the cause of Allah, to the recruit.

Crown prosecutor Peter Neil SC said Al-Talebi was "sophisticated in using others to do things for him with a view of keeping way below the radar".

He also said religious chants - known as nasheeds- with IS "overtones" were located on Al-Talebi's phone.

"The crown's case is that the accused was very interested in these nasheeds to the point of having a large number of them," he told the Downing Centre District Court during opening submissions on Thursday.

Al-Talebi's defence barrister said the young man, who the jury heard has been indemnified, was the only source of evidence about the alleged car park transaction.

She also said a conversation in which the crown alleges the dollar amounts were replaced by the word "spoon" may be innocent talk between men who quite often ate together.

"Spoons might just mean spoons", the defence barrister who did not want to be named, said, before asking the jury not to pre-judge her client based on his religion.

The crown alleges the mother of the man given the task of carrying out the transfers found the US cash in his pocket after the attempt at sending it through was aborted due to the high fees involved.

The trial continues.

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