Man charged with funding terrorist group in Waterford

Two people were arrested yesterday as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation into suspected terrorism activity.

Man charged with funding terrorist group in Waterford

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Updated 15:05

A 25 year-old man has appeared in court charged with two offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offences Act.

Hassan Bal, with an address at O'Connell Street in Waterford, was arrested in the city before 10am on Thursday morning.

He is charged with providing funding for a foreign terrorist group on October 2 of 2015, and attempting to provide funding to a foreign terrorist group on October 23 of 2015.

Two people,  man and a woman, both in their 20s, were arrested yesterday after a search was carried out on their home in the city yesterday.

Gardaí believe they were taking donations from Islamic state sympathisers online and sending it on to Syria.

On Newstalk Breakfast, Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent with the Irish Independent said the gardaí are working with international intelligence agencies on the investigation:

“At the moment they are focusing on laptops, mobile phones; any type of electronic device that they recovered from the search of the apartment,” he said.

“They are cross-referencing that with various financial details that I understand have been brought to the attention of the gardaí by overseas intelligence agencies.”

The woman – believed to be from the UK – was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Gardaí said the arrests were part of an ongoing international intelligence-led operation into suspected terrorist activity.