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Arrest warrant issued for former GC school captain in Syria

The Australian Federal Police have issued an arrest warrant for former Gold Coast school captain Oliver Bridgeman.

The 19-year-old is believed to have been preparing to return to Australia after spending nearly 12 months in war torn Syria when his passport was cancelled.

The ex Coombabah high student claims he has been doing humanitarian work in the country and “NOT associated or fighting for any terrorist orgainsation.”


“No matter what the Australian government say or do, they know that I’m here to help humanity and especially the people of Syria,” he posted on his Facebook page.

“My only acitivity in Syria is the distribution of medical supplies, food and basic life essentials inside the rural parts and Turkish borders of Syria”.

The AFP’s Brisbane Joint Counter Terrorism Team issued the warrant.

The warrant relates to a breach of Section 119.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act (1995) – Incursions into foreign countries with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.


Shanee Dobeson
Shanee is a full-time Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. At the age of 20, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato in 2014, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal style blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.
  • Good Riddance

    What a relief. This will hopefully turn this little creep off coming back to Australia.

    After all, he said the Syrian people “needed” him, so he would only be selfish returning while the war is still going on… and the rebuilding, just to be sure.