Islamists call for online donations to pay for legal fees of five men charged with terror offences

}By Jennifer Smith For Daily Mail Australia}

3406313D00000578-3592813-image-a-4_1463405088279Islamists have pleaded for online donations to pay for the legal fees of the five men charged with terror offences after they were caught allegedly attempting to leave Australia for Syria in a tin boat.

Brothers Behind Bars, a Facebook group which ‘provides help to Muslims incarcerated in Australia’, launched an appeal on Monday as the group were charged.

Musa Cerantonio, Shayden Thorne, Kadir Kaya and two others have been extradited to Melbourne to face trial accused of making preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities.

Within hours police’s decision to charge the group on Friday an administrator of the Facebook group pleaded with followers for funds, writing: ‘We need not emphasize on the importance of showing your support.’

They later returned to the page to tell fans an account for donations to be sent to would be set up in due course. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.