Australian convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf reportedly continued to receive a disability pension months after arriving on the battlefields of Syria.
Sharrouf, who fled Australia for Syria using his brother’s passport on December 6, continued to receive his disability support pension at least until February, about two months after he left Australia to join insurgents fighting the Syrian government, according to newspaper reports.
The newspaper says revelations that the former Sydney man was paid his regular disability cheque – about $766 a fortnight – long after authorities knew he was gone raise the possibility that the taxpayer may have been inadvertently funding his activities.
It is not clear if Sharrouf accessed the money, but his journey to Syria took him through Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, countries where he would have had ready access to any money paid into his bank account.
Sharrouf was jailed in 2005 for nearly four years for possessing six clocks and 140 batteries connected to a terrorist conspiracy in which 18 men were convicted over plans to attack targets in NSW and Victoria.