Australian Teenager Of Tongan Descent Faces Life In Prison On Terrorism Charges

19-year-old, along with her husband, charged with plotting attack

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Feb. 13, 2017) – Australian-Tongan teenager Alo-Bridget Namoa may spend the rest of her life in prison. Last Wednesday she was charged with plotting a terrorist attack by a Sydney Court, a charge which carries a penalty of life imprisonment. If convicted, the 19-year-old girl will be the first known convicted terrorist of Tongan descent. 

Alo-Bridget's 19-year-old husband Sameh Bayda (Arabic descent) is also facing the same charges of plotting a terrorist attack. Alo-Bridget  married her husband in December 2015 shortly after converting to Islam from Christianity. 

The couple were arrested by an Australian Counter-Terrorism Team in Sydney January last year after a police raid on Sameh's house uncovered item's that Australian police alleged were "likely to facilitate a terrorist attack." 

Sameh is alleged to have received instructions on how to make a bomb from terrorist organisation Al Qaeda. Australian Police also stated that during a search of Namoa's belongings, they uncovered a hunting knife, a terrorist flag, and a mobile phone stored with terrorist propaganda including videos of beheadings.

Following the arrest, Alo-Bridget was sentenced to four months in prison for refusing to answer questions during a police interrogation.

Alo-Bridget Namoa was born and raised in Australia by a Tongan Catholic family. Friends and relatives of Alo-Bridget have told media that she underwent an extreme personality change during high school.  

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