Getting Funds to, from or for a Terrorist Organisation

The offence of Getting Funds To, From, or For a Terrorist Organisation is found in section 102.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. It is committed by a person who is found to have receive funds from, or provided or collected funds for, a terrorist organisation.

Have you been accused of this offence? This is an extremely serious allegation and must be given priority.
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Police Interview
Have police asked to speak to you about an allegation of funding a terrorist organisation or getting funds from a terrorist organisation? This is a serious allegation and it is crucial that you understand what you are walking into. Understanding your rights and obligations when being questioned by police is vital to protecting yourself and establishing a defence at this early stage in your case. Normally in cases such as this, the police will execute a search warrant on your home or place of employment and gather material, they think assists their case against you.

It is likely police have already decided to charge you, and will be hoping you will make admissions to funding or receiving funds from a terrorist organisation. Getting advice from a lawyer who has attended police interviews will help you to feel comfortable within your rights if you choose to make a no comment interview. We will also help you to understand how the interview will proceed and what questions you will be asked. Knowing what is coming will help you to focus on your responses.

You should contact our office and set up a conference before you attend a police interview. We recommend considering having one of our lawyers attend the interview with you. Our lawyers ensure Police conduct the process in a proper manner and comply with all relevant procedures.

Pleading Not Guilty
We have lawyers who are experienced in representing people charged with terrorism related offences. At Doogue + George Defence Lawyers we carefully analyse the evidence compiled by police, obtain detailed instructions from you and provide you with advice about your best strategy to defend against this charge.

Pleading Guilty
If you decide to plead guilty to funding or receiving funds from a terrorist organization, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers are best placed to ensure you receive the most favourable outcome. We will negotiate with prosecution, amend the charges and facts if possible, and assist you in preparing for your plea hearing by gathering relevant and useful materials, such as references and reports. We are confident in our ability to conduct a persuasive plea and secure the best possible outcome in the circumstances. Funding or receiving funds from a terrorist organisation is an extremely serious allegation with serious consequences.

We will advise you of all the things you need to know so you are properly informed.

Which court will the case be heard in?
The offence of getting funds to, from, or for a terrorist organisation is a very serious offence which is heard in the Supreme Court.

What is the legal definition of Getting Funds to, from or for a Terrorist Organisation?
The Prosecution must show that the accused either intentionally received funds from, or made funds available to, an organisation that is a terrorist organisation, whether directly or indirectly. It is also an offence if the accused collected funds for, or on behalf of, an organisation that is a terrorist organisation. The accused must have had the knowledge that the organisation was a terrorist organisation or have been reckless as to whether the organisation was a terrorist organisation.

“Did you give money to a Terrorist Organisation?”
  • You raise funds to support the campaign of a Terrorist Organisation.
  • You make a donation to a Terrorist Organisation.
The section that covers this offence is section 102.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

  • You did not receive funds from a Terrorist Organisation.
  • You did not provide or collect funds from a Terrorist Organisation.
  • You did not do any of the above intentionally.
  • You had no way of knowing the money was coming from or going to a Terrorist Organisation.
  • You are a lawyer and received funds from a Terrorist Organisation as payment for legal services.
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Can they prove that your received or provided funds?
  • Can they prove you knew the organisation was a Terrorist Organisation?
Maximum penalty for section 102.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995
The maximum penalty for intending to commit the offence of Getting Funds to, from or for a Terrorist Organisation (s102.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995) is imprisonment for 25 years. And the maximum penalty for being reckless as to committing this offence is imprisonment for 15 years.

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
As this is considered a very serious offence, if you are found guilty you are likely to get a prison sentence.

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