A TWO-and-a-half year jail sentence has been imposed on a 26 year-old man who pleaded guilty at Waterford Circuit Court to providing funding to the terrorist group Islamic State.
At a sentencing hearing today (Thursday) the sentence was handed down to Hasan Bal who formerly resided at O’Connell Street, in the city.
He admitted providing funds intending that they be used for the benefit or purposes of a terrorist group contrary to section 13(3)(a) of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005. Bal did on October 2, 2015 in the county of Waterford, by means of an An Post/Western Union money transfer unlawfully and wilfully provided €400 in funds sent to Stevo Maksimovic in the city of Brako in Bosnia Herzegovina intending that it be used or knowing it would be used in whole or part for the benefit or purposes of the terrorist group known as Islamic State of DAESh.
He also admitted attempting to collect or receive funds intending or knowing that they be used for the benefit or purposes of a terrorist group contrary to section 13(4). On October 23, 2015 within the state by means of telephonic communications and an intermediary in London. That he did unlawfully and wilfully attempted to collect or receive from a person known to him as Omar Abu Aziz funds consisting of cash at an address at 2 Geron Way, London intending that they be used or knowing that they would be used in whole or part for the benefit or purposes of the terrorist group.
The offences came to light following a sting operation launched by an investigative journalist with the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.
Bal who is married and the father of a daughter he has never seen has been in custody since April 27, 2017.
Wearing a black suit, white shirt and black tie he stood impassive in the dock as the sentence which dates back to his arrest on April 27, 2017 was handed down.