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Australia: Man faces 25-yrs in jail for recruiting, sending fighters to Syria

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42-year-old Hamdi Alqudsi potentially faces a long spell behind bars after he was arraigned in the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney, Australia on seven counts of recruiting men to fight for al-Qaeda in Syria.

Hamdi pleaded not guilty to a seven counts charge of recruiting men from June until October in 2013 to travel from Australia to Syria to fight with al-Qaeda and other affiliates in which at least two of the recruits died.

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Hamdi will be sentenced next month with Each offense potentially carrying a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The same offense committed since the Australian legislation was amended in 2014 carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

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