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Succarieh's 'support' hurt Muslims: judge
by Sarah Motherwell
Islamic bookstore owner Omar Succarieh thought he was helping the Syrian people by illegally sending thousands of dollars to his brother fighting in the war-torn country.
But a Brisbane Supreme Court judge says his actions have caused Australian Muslims to suffer because they bred suspicion and the rise of Islamophobia.
Succarieh, 33, last month pleaded guilty to four foreign incursion charges after the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions dropped more serious terror-related offences against him.
Each charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, but the crown and defence are calling for Succarieh to be jailed for no more than three years.
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