NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team Charge man with terrorism offence

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Members of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team have charged a 22-year-old Panania man following his arrest at Sydney International Airport today.

The man was arrested at around 10am at the International Terminal.

He was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was interviewed and charged with one count of Preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to section 119.4(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

He has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow (Friday 16 June 2017).

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team – comprises the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Dave Hudson, Commander of Investigations and Counter Terrorism, moved to reassure the community there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today’s arrest.

“Today’s arrest is the result of a protracted and complex investigation and demonstrates our capability to identify and disrupt the activities of those who wish to cause harm either here or overseas.”

“I will keep repeating that in light of recent events, both at home and overseas, it is now more important than ever for the community and police to continue to work together, to be vigilant and if you see or hear something suspicious, to report it,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, said this operation is a testament to the dedication and determination of counter terrorism investigators.

“This operation is another example of the strength of the cooperation between State and Federal agencies and the collaborative approach we take to investigating terrorism offences. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep all Australians safe,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

Anyone with information should always come forward no matter how small or insignificant you may think that may be. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.

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