NSW man charged with allegedly providing services for the overseas activities of IS

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has charged a 42-year-old man for allegedly carrying out actions in Australia to support Islamic State activities overseas.

The AFP, with the assistance of NSW Police, executed a search warrant this morning (Tuesday, 28 February) at the man’s premises in Young, NSW, where the 42-year old was arrested.

He was taken to Young Police Station where he has been charged with:

  • Two counts of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities – giving or receiving goods and services to promote the commission of an offence - contrary to section 119.4(5) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). These offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.                                  
  • One offence contrary to section 3LA (5) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) –person with knowledge of a computer or a computer system failing to comply with an order – which carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment.

Police will allege the man was performing services for the overseas activities of Islamic State by researching and designing a laser warning device to help warn against incoming laser-guided munitions used by forces in Syria and Iraq; and also by researching, designing and modelling systems to assist with Islamic State efforts to develop a long-range guided missile.  

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Ian McCartney said today’s arrest follows more than 18 months of complex investigations.

“We know that gathering evidence in these cases takes a considerable amount of time, and I would like to thank our officers for their commitment and dedication in pursuing this operation,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

“Make no mistake, anyone allegedly supporting foreign fighters – whether through travelling to conflict zones, or by their actions here on Australian soil – remain firmly in the sights of law enforcement.”

Today’s activities do not relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia.

Anyone concerned that someone they know is being radicalised or is preparing to travel to Syria or Iraq to fight is urged to come forward - no matter how small or insignificant they think that may be.  The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400, and people can remain anonymous.

Note to media: Footage and images of AFP activity in Young can be found by the following link:

https://www.hightail.com/download/dDZHQ3QrcTJCSnJOUjhUQw

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