Man Charged Over Alleged Online ISIS Recruitment, And Encouraging Attacks
A man has been formally charged with three terrorism offences after being accused of trying to recruit young Australians to ISIS online.
The New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested a man at Riverwood, in Sydney's south, on Wednesday morning after he allegedly posted "extremist material" on social media and "actively attempted to influence teenagers to adopt and act upon his extremist views."
The man stands accused of trying to recruit young people online to support the terror group ISIS. It is understood police had been monitoring the man for some time, but decided to arrest him today after fearing his operations were progressing.
It is also alleged by police that he "downloaded a document on basic weapons and tactics that police allege could be used to facilitate a terrorist act."
"Members of the New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism Team have charged a man from Sydney’s south-west with three terrorism offences," the Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
The man has been charged with acts done in preparation for or planning terrorist acts, being a member of a terrorist organisation, and advocating terrorism.
He is expected to appear before Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.
10 News First understands the man was arrested at his parents' unit around 7am. A second property is thought to have been raided at Condell Park, near Bankstown in the city's south-west.
No specific target or attack had been identified.
“Community safety is the prime consideration of all our investigations. There was no specific or immediate threat associated with this investigation, but the activities of this man were of a significant concern that we have responded to evidence of alleged criminal actions,” said the AFP's Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism, Ian McCartney.
NSW Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton, said "there is no place for violent extremism in our community".