Islamic State supporter arrest over alleged ‘hate crime’
The Daily Telegraph
A TEENAGE follower of terrorist group Islamic State, who shocked the nation with his radical views on television last week, has been arrested for an alleged hate crime in Sydney’s south west.
The 19-year-old who goes by the alias Abu Bakr was arrested for verbally abusing a cleaner at Bankstown Central shopping centre on Sunday August 10.
Police allege Bakr and another man threatened and intimidated the 43-year-old cleaner at the shopping centre about 8pm.
The cleaner, scared for his safety, contacted security who escorted the men from the centre.
Bakr and his companion returned an hour and a half later and allegedly continued the verbal attack on the cleaner before again being kicked out by security.
A complaint was made to police and Bakr was arrested about 2.45pm on Friday in Stuart Lane, Bankstown.
He was charged with affray and intimidation and placed on strict bail conditions to appear in Bankstown Local Court on September 10.
Bakr gained notoriety when he walked off the set of SBS Insight program last Tuesday during a heated debate about young Muslim Australians travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight with terrorism organisations, like the Islamic State.
He stormed out of the show’s recording late last week, shortly before a discussion on passport revocation.
A “heated” conversation between him, his lawyer, Zali Burrows, — who’d accompanied him to the studio — and Insight’s producers ensued before Abu Bakr left.
ASIO cancelled Bakr’s passport in December last year because of his extreme views and suspicions he planned to travel to the war zones.