Kiwi’s foreign fighter trial set to begin

Somali-born Amin Mohamed will fight four charges of preparing to enter a foreign state to engage in hostile activities at Melbourne Supreme Court in Australia.

Mohamed came to New Zealand as a refugee in the 1990s, attended Lynfield College and graduated with a business degree at AUT.

He is determined to fight the charges and prove his innocence but the Crown will argue the evidence suggests otherwise, TV3 reported.

Pre-trial arguments were heard in the Supreme Court today.

Prosecutors in Australia allege he booked a flight to Turkey and made plans to travel from there to Syria on a New Zealand passport in 2013.

He was arrested in 2013 after being connected to an extremist criminal syndication alleged to be recruiting people from Australia to fight jihadists in Syria.

Kiwi’s foreign fighter trial set to begin