Sydney man accused of breaching Control Order

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A 25-year-old Sydney man is due to face Paramatta Local Court today charged with allegedly breaching a Control Order issued by the Federal Court of Australia.

The AFP High Risk Terrorist Offenders (HRTO) team arrested the man at his residence in the Sydney suburb of Denistone this morning.

Police will allege the man failed to comply with a condition of the Control Order by accessing material online that supported the carrying out of executions, beheadings and torture.

He has been charged with three counts of contravening a Federal Court of Australia Control Order, contrary to section 104.27 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The offence carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

The man was released from prison on 1 January 2021 and is subject to a Control Order that remains in force until 30 December 2021.

The HRTO teams across Australia have to date arrested five people accused of breaching a Control Order since July 2020.

The AFP, NSW Police Force, ASIO and other partner agencies use Commonwealth and State legislative measures, including Control Orders, to ensure the ongoing safety of the Australian community.

No specific or impending threat to the community has been identified in relation to this matter.

AFP Acting Commander Alex Nicolson said high risk terrorist offenders would be charged if they breached their control orders.

“Control orders are issued by courts. Our High Risk Terrorist Offender teams work tirelessly to ensure control orders are complied with and enforce identified breaches,” Acting Commander Nicolson said.

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you think that information may be.

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