Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Australian 'ISIS nurse' remanded in custody

27 July 2015, 07:49

Melbourne - An Australian nurse who allegedly joined Islamic State in Syria was on Monday remanded in custody on terror charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants.

Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father-of-five, is accused of knowingly providing support to ISIS between April 2010 and August 2014 to help "prepare or foster" a terrorist act.

No bail was applied for and he was remanded until November 16.

Brookman voluntarily returned home from the war-torn country late on Friday after surrendering to officials in Turkey last week.

Ahead of his arrival back in Australia, he claimed to Fairfax Media that he carried out humanitarian work in Syria and was forced to join ISIS after being injured and sent to territory it controlled.

Knowingly providing support to a terrorist organisation carries a maximum jail term of 25 years.

Brookman also faces up to 10 years in prison for a second charge of performing services with the intention of supporting a person, or persons, to engage in a hostile activity in a foreign state.

Also Read: Australian nurse who aided ISIS heading home

Prosecutors asked the Melbourne Magistrates Court for extra time to gather evidence from overseas while defence lawyer Rob Stary argued that his client was not a risk to the public.

The Australian government has been vocal on insisting that anyone found to be engaged in terrorist activities would face the full force of the law with Canberra's rhetoric stepped up in recent months.

It comes as fears grow about the number of Australians fighting with jihadist groups and concern about the threat at home from radicalised individuals.

The government says some 120 Australians have left to fight in Iraq or Syria with 160 actively supporting extremist organisations at home through financing and recruitment.

Brookman's case coincided with a teenager accused of supplying weapons for a foiled terrorist attack in Melbourne pleading guilty a host of charges on Monday.

Mehran Azami, 19, admitted 19 charges of importing more than 200 weapons, including knives, knuckle-dusters and tasers, linked to an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to target Anzac Day commemorations in April.

A court previously heard that he allegedly passed some of the weapons to two 18-year-olds, Sevdet Besim and Harun Causevic, who were also arrested over the plot. They both face terrorism-related charges and remain in custody.

Canberra raised the national terror threat level to high in September, and has conducted several counter-terrorism raids in various cities since then, foiling six attacks.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...