A 25-YEAR-OLD Sri Lankan man with reported links to ISIS has been charged with terrorism-related offences following a police operation in Sydney’s south-east.
The man, who is in Australia on a student visa, was arrested by members of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team at the University of NSW in Kensington on Thursday afternoon.
It’s understood police received a tip off from staff at the university after a notebook “containing plans to facilitate terrorist attacks” was allegedly found on campus.
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Australian Federal Police (AFP) detective superintendent Michael McTiernan said the notebook listed a number of locations and individuals as potential targets.
Detective Superintendent McTiernan said the allegations were “serious and significant”.
“It is quite a significant document which requires further analysis,” he said.
“At this stage there is a number of locations and individuals named in that document who are potential targets.”
It’s understood the notebook belonged to the 25-year-old man, who was employed as a contractor at the University of NSW.
He was taken to Maroubra Police Station for questioning before counter-terror police raided his unit on Defries Avenue at Zetland, a little over two kilometres away.
During the search, officers seized a number of electronic items for further examination.
The man has since been charged with “collecting or making a document which is connected with preparation for, the engagement of a person in, or assistance in a terrorist act”.
He was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Waverley Local Court later this morning.
Commander of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy stressed there was no threat to the community.
“Our JCTT investigators work around the clock and act quickly to disrupt any threats to community safety, Det Acting Supt Sheehy said.
“The community should feel safe knowing our law enforcement agencies are working together to investigate all individuals who come to our attention.”
The operation involved the NSW Police Force, Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission.
Detective Superintendent Michael McTiernan from the Australian Federal police said information from the public proved vital in protecting the community.
“This investigation is a tangible example of swift action from our joint teams, and the importance of close ties between police and the community,” Det Supt McCartney said.
“If you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, be vigilant, reach out to allow us to make an early intervention.”
Anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may be, is urged to come forward.
The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.