Law & Order Irish man who fundraised for ISIS jailed

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AN IRISH father of one was jailed over fundraising for the Islamic State terrorist organisation after being arrested by Gardai following a classic sting operation by a UK newspaper which targeted an ISIS figure known as 'the Supermarket Jihadi'.

Hassan Bal (26) was jailed for two and a half years years at Waterford Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to two charges of providing and attempting to provide funding for ISIS.

It was the first time anyone was ever jailed under tough new anti-terrorism funding legislation.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly imposed a four and a half year sentence on Bal but suspended the final two years.

His sentence was backdated to April 2017 when he was first taken into custody.

"We are unfortunately all too well aware of the escalation of acts of terror around the world," he said.

"A few hundred Euros in the hands of a ruthless and dedicated terrorist could be used to deadly effect."

But the judge also warned that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Ireland do not support such radical ideologies.

He stressed that the rise of Islamophobia should have "no place in our society."