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Disability Pensioner Charged With Funding Islamic State

A man from Melbourne has been charged and arrested early yesterday morning with providing funds of around $5000 to Islamic State fighters in Syria.

His bail has since been refused. Isa Kocoglu, a 43-year-old man from Hampton Park made an appearance in Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with financially supporting ISIS.

This arrest comes after police seized computers and other evidence from Mr Kocoglu's house during a raid back in June 2016.

Police believe that Mr Kocoglu was using a website to transfer funds to a 33-year-old US citizen.

"That citizen is alleged to have been fighting in Syria in the conflict over there," said Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton.

"We are also alleging that US citizen ran a website where he promoted Islamic State and has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State."

Police are alleging that Mr Kocoglu, who is on the disability pension, sent $5000 within ten different transactions within 2013 and 2014.

"Some of the funds may well have come from his pension that he was receiving to fund the foreign fighter," Mr Patton added.

Australian Federal Police are reassuring Australians that there is currently no threat to Australian soil.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has thanked the AFP and Victoria Police for their work in this arrest.

"It does present us with an opportunity to congratulate and thank (them)...for the outstanding work that they do every house of every day to deal with what is a dynamic terrorism threat and to keep all of us safe," he said.

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