A rural NSW electrician has been jailed for at least six years and nine months after he designed missiles for the terrorist group ISIS.
Haisem Zahab pleaded guilty in 2018 to knowingly providing support or resources to a terrorist organisation after working on a laser warning receiver, rockets and a rocket guidance method for ISIS from 2014.
The 44-year-old, from the NSW town of Young, also admitted he failed to comply with an order to help police access encrypted data on his phone and other devices.
On Friday, June 7, NSW Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Bellew jailed Zahab for nine years with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.
He rejected Zahab’s testimony that he had been in a cult or bubble of ISIS supporters—including on Twitter where he assumed the alias “Stranger”—and had divorced himself from mainstream news.