A man accused of obtaining a New Zealand passport as he prepared to fight in Syria will appear in an Australian court today.
New Zealand citizen Amin Mohamed, 23, is charged with four counts of preparing to enter a foreign state to engage in hostile activities.
Prosecutors allege he booked a flight to Turkey and made plans to travel from there to Syria in September last year to fight.
Mohamed has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court and will now stand trial. He will appear in the Supreme Court of Victoria today for a directions hearing. He is accused of being connected to an extremist syndicate that was alleged to have been recruiting Australians to fight with jihadists in Syria.
Court documents allege that Somalia-born Mohamed obtained a phone service under a false name, applied for a New Zealand passport and booked a flight from Brisbane to Istanbul, the Herald Sun reported.
Mohamed moved to New Zealand in 1998 as a refugee with his mother and four sisters.