Additional man charged as a result of Operation Middleham

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police

A 25-year-old Melbourne man has been charged by the Victorian Joint Counter-Terrorism Team today on suspicion of potential offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act, specifically those concerning incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities.

The man has been remanded in custody, and is scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later today.

Earlier this month, five Melbourne men were each charged with one count of making preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to section 119.4 of the Criminal Code (Cth), as part of this investigation.

These men were extradited from Queensland to Melbourne, and subsequently remanded to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 22 September 2016. Today’s arrest relates to that investigation.

The primary focus of this operation has been, and remains, to keep Australians safe.

There is no current or impending threat of a terrorist act to the Australian community arising from this investigation.

Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Victoria Police Media (03) 9247 5205

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