Media Release: Melbourne man arrested in relation to terrorism offences
Release Date: Wednesday, September 12 2012, 07:47 PM
This is a joint AFP and Victoria Police media release
A 23 year-old Officer man has been arrested in relation to terrorism offences as part of an ongoing Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation being undertaken by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police.
Today the AFP and Victoria Police executed simultaneous search warrants in the Melbourne suburbs of Narre Warren South, Craigieburn, Hallam, Officer, Springvale South and Noble Park.
Officers seized a number of items, including a USB containing violent extremist materials, computer equipment, imitation firearms and a number of registered firearms.
The man is expected to be charged later this evening with collecting or making documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts, contrary to Section 101.5(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
AFP and Victoria Police investigations into this matter remain ongoing. While this matter remains ongoing, the AFP and Victoria Police will be making no further comment.
AFP Acting National Manager Counter Terrorism Justine Saunders said this arrest is a positive outcome for the two agencies, which are committed to preventing terrorist activity.
“The result of today’s operation demonstrates the importance of operations undertaken by Australia’s Joint Counter Terrorism Teams, and is an example of proactive law enforcement action to prevent terrorist activity in Australia.”
“The AFP is committed to working with state and territory police, and the community in order to counter the ongoing and enduring threat of terrorism and ensure the safety and security of the community.”
This is achieved through an integrated strategy of counter-terrorism investigations, countering violent extremism strategies, community engagement and off-shore investigations and capacity building leading to prevention and disruption.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for Crime Steve Fontana stated this has been a joint investigation which is still ongoing.
“I would like to reassure people that we have not identified any immediate threats that pose immediate concerns to the safety of the community and we will continue to work to ensure that all steps are taken to protect all members of the community.”
Anyone with any information concerning possible terrorist activity is urged to contact the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years imprisonment.
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