You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Strict bail for alleged foreign fighter

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Andi Yu

Sydney man Muhammad Abdul-Karim Musleh has been granted bail after being charged with travelling to a Syrian conflict zone in 2013.

The 22-year-old was arrested by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team at his southwestern Sydney home on Tuesday in relation to four July 2013 offences and appeared at Parramatta Local Court.

Musleh was charged with three counts of giving money or goods to promote foreign hostile acts and one count of preparing to engage in foreign hostile activities.

The offences were said to have occurred between June 13 and July 11, 2013.

Magistrate Karen Stafford said on Tuesday she was willing to grant Musleh bail under strict conditions including that he report daily to police, give up his passports, abide by a curfew, and that his parents commit to pay a surety of $250,000 if he fails to appear at his next court date.

Her ruling was influenced by the Commonwealth DPP's decision not to oppose Musleh's application for bail, she said.

"These are matters where the court certainly has a concern about, if bail is granted, whether Mr Musleh will appear in court to answer these charges," Ms Stafford said.

"The crown is in a better position in many cases than the bench ... to make an assessment as to bail concerns."

Ms Stafford also noted Musleh had a limited adult criminal history.

Musleh's parents will remortgage their Holsworthy home to make the surety money available, defence lawyer Greg Scragg said.

His mother works for the government as an interpreter and his father works for Transport NSW, he said.

Mr Scragg also said Musleh understood that breaching his bail would mean putting his mother's money and the family home at risk.

He is currently studying for a certificate in carpentry at TAFE, the court heard.

Some young supporters of Mr Musleh became aggressive to the waiting media as his parents left the court on Tuesday afternoon.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon