Findon man charged with terrorism and explosives offences

This is a joint media release between South Australia Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Federal Police.

A 24-year-old South Australian man has been charged with 10 counts of possession of information for terrorist acts and 11 counts of possession of instructions to make an explosive device.

The charges were laid following a South Australia Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation, comprising SAPol’s Counter Terrorism and Security Section (CTSS), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

The Findon man was previously charged by SAPol with offences relating to the alleged illegal manufacture and possession of firearms and is now facing a total of 31 charges, as a result of an investigation into Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremism.

The man was remanded in custody on the new offences and will next appear in court on 16 March 2022. 

The maximum penalties for the charges are seven years' imprisonment.

There has been no threat to community safety identified during the investigation.

South Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Noel Bamford praised the efforts of investigators involved in this investigation,

“The South Australia Joint Counter Terrorism Team continues to monitor and take definitive action against individuals or groups who promote this type of violence in this state,” he said.

“The actions taken in this matter clearly demonstrate the ongoing coordinated and cooperative approach by all agencies involved in the joint approach to investigating these types of criminal activities."

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said the AFP takes every terrorism-related offence and potential threat to our community very seriously.

“It’s alleged the man possessed weapons and had instructions for the manufacture of explosive devices, which poses a significant threat to the Australian public,” Assistant Commissioner Lee said.

“The AFP works closely with its state and territory partners through the Joint Counter Terrorism Teams to combine resources, share intelligence and act quickly when the safety of the community is at risk.”

Case file number: SAP2100211667

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