JCTT arrests man over alleged foreign incursion offences

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

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team has today arrested a 22-year-old man as part of ongoing inquiries into the activities of people attempting to travel to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.

A search warrant was executed this morning (Tuesday, 15 November) at a property in Wattle Grove, NSW, where the 22-year-old man was arrested. It will be alleged in court that this man travelled to the Syrian conflict zone for a short period in July 2013, and also played an active role in supporting others to travel to the region.

He was taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was charged with two foreign incursion offences:

  • One count of doing an act preparatory to engaging in foreign hostile activities, contrary to section 7(1)(a) of the Crimes (Foreign Incursion and Recruitment) Act 1978 - which is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years.
  • Three counts of performing services for another person, with the intention of supporting or promoting that person to enter a foreign state to engage in hostile activity, contrary to section 7(1)(e) of the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978. The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.

The man will appear before Parramatta Local court today (15 November).

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Acting Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Michael Kelsey said the arrest today emphasises foreign incursion offences will be investigated to the full extent possible.

“We will continue to look at those who have returned from foreign countries and put appropriate strategies in place to investigate those who have committed offences against Australian law,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Kelsey.

“Although there are complexities in gathering evidence from foreign countries, we are committed to doing everything we can to bring people to account for their actions, and mitigate any risk to our community from those who have travelled to the region.”

New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, Commander Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, said investigating terrorism offences remains a priority for authorities.

“Today's arrest is another example of the cooperation between State and Federal agencies in investigating terrorism related offences," Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

There is no current or impending threat to the community as a result of today’s activities.

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