Police charge 2 people in Sydney with funding Islamic State

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2016 8:24 PM

SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Tuesday charged a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old school girl in Sydney with raising money for the Islamic State group.

The pair were arrested in the western suburb of Guildford, New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn said.

They were to appear in a Sydney court on Tuesday charged with financing terrorism, an offense which carries a potential maximum 25 year prison sentence, she said.

"There is a lot of work being done to identify particularly young people, particularly people who are of school age and who are getting involved in activities that they should not be getting involved in," Burn told reporters.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said 14 people had now been charged under Operation Appleby counterterrorism investigation since 2014.