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Mon Jul 27, 2015, 12:06 AM

Australian nurse charged with supporting IS stays in custody

MELBOURNE, Australia An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria did not apply for bail when he appeared in a court in his hometown of Melbourne on Monday charged with supporting a terrorist group.

Adam Brookman, 39, voluntarily returned to Australia from Turkey on Friday. Brookman has told media that he was able to escape from Syria after winning Islamic State militants' trust by working for them in a hospital controlled by the group at al-Bab in Aleppo province.

He appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with performing services to help someone engage in a hostile activity in a foreign country. He is also charged with supporting a terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State group. The charges carry maximum prison sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively.

His lawyer Rob Stary told Magistrate Jelena Popovic that his client would not apply for bail.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article28783789.html

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