Give them plane fare and wish them “Bon Voyage.” Then cancel their passports and don’t let them return. Most of the foreign fighters, serving as cannon fodder for ISIS, get killed over there anyway.
AU News(h/t Dave) New details reveal five ‘would-be terrorists’ crawled at 30 km/h from Melbourne to Cairns in a farcical bid to use a seven-metre boat to travel to Indonesia and join Islamic State.
Police have released the names of the five men who were taken into custody on Wednesday after authorities foiled their bizarre alleged plan in Cairns. Robert “Musa” Cerantonio, 30, Shayden Thorne, 28, Kadir Kaya, 22, Paul Dacre and one other man were questioned over the plot, which began in Bendigo when the men purchased the vessel.
The men then towed the boat across three states, headed for far north Queensland where they planned to begin their journey through more than 3000 kilometres of rough seas to Indonesia.
Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Neil Gaughan confirmed on Wednesday the men had been under investigation for “a number of weeks”. The men, aged between 21 and 33, have not yet been charged. The passports of the men had been cancelled, police said.
Musa Cerantonio is a notorious Islamic preacher while Shayden Thorne is the brother of hardline Islamist preacher Junaid Thorne. Cerantonio is considered by authorities to be influential among would-be foreign fighters.
He was arrested in the Philippines in 2014 after saying he was en route to Syria, and has since kept a relatively low profile since his deportation.
Thorne was sentenced by a Saudi court in 2013 to four-and-a-half years in prison on charges including supporting and encouraging terrorism, but was granted clemency in 2014 and deported to Australia.
The AFP has previously described his pro-IS social media posts as “offensive and disturbing”.