A wanted man accused of recruiting and facilitating for Islamic State has been arrested upon his return to Australia after being deported from Turkey.
The 30-year-old former Sydney man, who was the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant in NSW, was arrested at Melbourne International Airport about 4pm yesterday.
Authorities allege the man flew from Sydney to Turkey in 2013, where he then travelled to Syria and allegedly facilitated the travel of foreign terrorist fighters to support Islamic State.
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The man is due to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this morning via video link, where he will face a number of Commonwealth related terrorism offences.
He will be required to undergo 14-days quarantine in Victorian corrections facilities before being extradited to NSW for the matter to be heard in a NSW court.
Australian Federal Police Commander Counter Terrorism Operations Stephen Dametto said the return of the Sydney man demonstrates that “Australian authorities will continue working with overseas counterparts to support the management of terrorist threats offshore”.
“Anyone who fights with, provides material support to, or associates with terrorist groups, is committing a serious crime and will be subject to the law,” Commander Dametto said.
“It has been an offence since 1978 to engage in hostile activity in a foreign country, unless serving in, or with the armed forces of the government of a foreign country.
“We have a responsibility to prevent our citizens from contributing to violence and instability overseas. Our laws are aimed at discouraging Australians from fighting in overseas conflicts and endangering their lives.”
Authorities have confirmed there is no current or impending threat to the community related to the operation.