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Qld's Syrian financier feels remorse

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Sarah Motherwell

A contrite Omar Succarieh feels he will forever be known as the "accused terrorist who owned the bookstore".

The 33-year-old will be sentenced on Wednesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading guilty to sending money to his fighter brother in Syria and arranging for another man to travel to the war-torn country.

In a statement to the court, the former Islamic bookstore owner said he was someone who had made a mistake and suffered dearly for it.

"I am completely remorseful," Succarieh said.

"This has completely tarnished my name and my family's name, and that has also made whatever punishment I have already received even worse."

Succarieh said he was emotionally drawn to the conflict in Syria and compelled to help those being killed under the Assad regime and in bombings by other world powers.

He said he had a strong sense of paranoia and distrust towards authorities, particularly after reports his younger brother Ahmed blew himself up in a suicide attack in September 2013, but now realised how naive his actions were.

"Being a young Muslim man, I felt targeted by authorities at times in my life," he said.

"I no longer look at them with suspicion but rather people that are just doing their jobs."

Family and senior figures in Brisbane's Islamic community have written to the court describing Succarieh as a compassionate and devoted family man who will be a positive example for young Muslim boys.

The court has also heard of Succarieh's volunteer work including his clean-up efforts in the 2011 Brisbane floods and cutting inmates' hair for free while in custody.

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