Terror-linked student seeks more freedom

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A Sydney university student who is believed to be susceptible to extremist influences is applying for more flexibility within some strict supervision conditions on his movements.

Maywand Osman is subject to orders including electronic monitoring, a nightly curfew, and restrictions on him changing his identity or appearance until February 2024.

He made a variation application to the NSW Supreme Court on June 7 to add clauses regarding a schedule of his movements that he must provide three days in advance.

The schedule, if approved, would include information about places and dates he intends to travel, how he will be transported, and whether the activity is due to commence in the morning, afternoon or evening.

If Osman wants to change his itinerary he requested that he notify his enforcement officer via SMS within a certain time frame depending on the amendment.

He asks that an officer does not prohibit him from travelling to a location or participating in an activity unless it risks committing a serious terrorism offence, or breaches a condition.

The Marsfield man, who can be visited at his home at any time, asks this power only be exercised if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that a condition is not being complied with.

And instead of notifying his intention to change employment before the change occurs, he seeks to make it known when he applies for a job, volunteer work or education course.

A refusal must be due to suspecting on reasonable grounds that the work or education increases his risk of committing a terrorism offence.

Osman has not committed a terrorism offence nor had he demonstrated an inclination or tendency to do so, Justice Ian Harrison found in February 2021.

But the commerce pupil was found to have extensive and well-documented associations with people who had committed terrorism offences, including his currently jailed brother Milad, the judge said.

Osman was earlier sentenced to five years in prison for recklessly causing grievous bodily harm after driving a car into a person in 2013.

His passenger at the time was Mustafa Dirani, who was later jailed for assisting in the Islamic State-inspired shooting of NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng in 2015.

Osman also landed on the radar of counter-terrorism police in 2014 as a member of a group suspected of being involved in domestic terrorist acts, foreign incursions into Syria and Iraq and the funding of terrorist organisations.

The court was earlier told that he had made positive changes in the PRISM deradicalisation program.

But expert opinions before the court indicated Osman was easily led, and had a desire to be seen by peers as deserving or worthy of respect and admiration.

"He appears to yearn for status and recognition within group settings," Justice Harrison said.

Among the conditions that remain unchallenged is for Osman to drive only pre-approved vehicles and remain at home between 10pm and 6am unless permitted.

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