1 Oct 2016

Police to interview would-be IS fighter if sent here

8:06 am on 1 October 2016

The police will interview a would-be New Zealand jihadist if he is deported from Australia.

Amin Mohamed was this week sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning to travel to Syria to engage in hostile acts.

Because the 26-year-old is a New Zealand citizen, he is likely to be deported here once he has served his sentence; and that is expected to be next year because of time already spent in jail.

The police will not comment on an individual case, but said anyone deported from Australia would be interviewed, the risk to the public assessed, and a management plan put in place.

Amin Mohamed grew up in New Zealand, after coming here as a child with his family as a refugee from Somalia.

He was arrested in 2013 while boarding a plane at Brisbane airport that was bound for Turkey.

The trip was organised by a Sydney Islamic State recruiter who was now behind bars.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs