Herald Sun

US bail for terror ac­cused

- PETER MITCHELL

A 20-YEAR-old Syd­ney man ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to join ter­ror­ist group Is­lamic State has won a le­gal bat­tle in the US to be freed on bail.

Asher Khan was ar­rested in Hous­ton, Texas, in May af­ter US author­i­ties mon­i­tored his Face­book page and other com­mu­ni­ca­tions. He was charged with con­spir­ing to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to IS and pros­e­cu­tors fought to keep Mr Khan be­hind bars be­fore his trial.

A US Dis­trict Court judge granted his re­lease in June, pros­e­cu­tors ap­pealed, but two of the three judges in the US Court of Ap­peal have now agreed he should be freed.

Mr Khan, who grew up in Texas, moved to Syd­ney in 2013 to live with rel­a­tives.

In Jan­uary 2014, he al­legedly reached out to a Turk­ish­based for­eign ter­ror­ist fighter fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

Mr Khan com­plained he didn’t “like liv­ing in the West any ore”, was sad be­cause he was in Aus­tralia “com­fort­ably while (his) broth­ers” were in “so much hard­ship” and said he wanted to die a mar­tyr.

He was re­leased on $203,300 bail.

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