Alleged ISIS recruit to be sent to NSW

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An alleged Islamic State recruit arrested in Melbourne after returning from overseas will be extradited to NSW next week.

Mohamed Zuhbi was taken into custody by counterterrorism officers after arriving back in Australia on a flight from Turkey two weeks ago.

The 30-year-old faced Melbourne Magistrates Court by phone on Friday morning where prosecutors said his extradition had been delayed because of the 14-day quarantine requirement, which runs out on Saturday.

"There is still a degree of uncertainty. Mr Zhubi has to return a negative result to his final COVID test tomorrow and then he can be cleared from quarantine," Patrick Darby said.

"Allowing for that, arrangements are being made for him to be taken to NSW hopefully on Tuesday."

Zuhbi travelled from Sydney to Turkey in 2013 and then allegedly on to Syria, where he recruited and helped foreign fighters travel to the area.

He has been charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, engaging in hostile activity overseas, supporting another person to engage in hostile activity overseas and entering a banned jurisdiction.

Zuhbi's lawyer Sarah Condon did not oppose his extradition.

He is also wanted by US law authorities for multiple offences including conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.