Brisbane Man Charged With Terror Offences After Early Morning Raid
The 21-year-old man is facing life in prison after allegedly making plans to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.
A Brisbane man is facing life imprisonment for terror-related offences following an early morning raid at his home in Kuraby, in the city's south.
The 21-year-old man was arrested on Saturday morning as part of an investigation of the Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT).
It is alleged that during a period between late 2016 and early 2017, he made preparations to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.
It is also alleged that he encouraged and recruited others to join him.
Neither the Kuraby man nor those he recruited were successful in leaving Australia.
He has been charged with five counts of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities, each of which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
He has also been charged with two counts of recruiting persons to join organisations engaged in hostile activities against foreign governments, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.
“Today’s operational activity is a reminder that the threat posed by terrorism is ongoing but the community should have confidence in the Queensland JCTT pursuing all investigative avenues at their disposal to contribute to the safety of our community," said Australian Federal Police acting assistant commissioner Matthew Rippon.
“The collective power and capabilities of all agencies in the JCTT sends a strong message about the commitment to thoroughly investigate and then put before the courts those who engage in terrorism related activity."
The man has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 2.