Sydney man accused of breaching Control Order

A Sydney man, 51, has been charged today with allegedly breaching a control order issued by the Federal Court of Australia.

The Australian Federal Police arrested the man at his Greenacre home this morning (Friday, 30 April).

Police allege the man failed to comply with conditions of the control order when he twice attempted to communicate with a NSW prisoner on 30 March and 10 April this year and transferred money to another person exceeding the value of $500 without first notifying the AFP.

There is no specific or impending threat to the community in relation to this matter.

The man 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.

In June 2004, the man was arrest by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) for making a document connected with an assistance in a terrorist act, knowing of that connection, contrary to section 101.5 of the Crime Code Act 1995.

He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in the Supreme Court of NSW in September 2008.

The man was released from prison on 30 August 2020 and is subject to a control order that remains in force until 26 August 2021.

Following his arrest today, the man will appear at Bankstown Local Court this afternoon.

The High Risk Terrorism Offender teams across Australia have charged six alleged offenders for breaching their control orders since July 2020.

The arrest of the Sydney man takes the number to seven.

AFP Commander Sandra Booth said high-risk terrorist offenders would be charged if they breached control orders.

“The AFP’s High Risk Terrorist Offender team is committed to ensuring court-issued control orders are complied with and we will enforce identified alleged breaches,” Command Booth said.

The AFP continues to work closely with New South Wales Police and partners to protect the community.

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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