Counter Terror police charge man with supporting hostile activities in Syria

A MAN has been charged with supporting persons engaged in the Syrian conflict following an ongoing investigation by the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

The 43-year-old was arrested by officers from the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, and Victoria Police at his Hampton Park home in Melbourne this morning.

Police say it “will be alleged the man provided funds and services to persons engaged in the conflict in Syria supporting Islamic State.”


He has been charged with providing support to a person who has entered a foreign state with the intention of undertaking hostile activities.


AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, said the arrest was the culmination of an investigation spanning more than 16 months.

“These types of investigations are complex and protracted,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.

“Our investigators invest countless hours to ensure the safety of Australians, and to bring to account those who seek to harm our community and way of life.”

Police stressed that “there is no current or impending threat to the community as a result of today’s activity.”

The man is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today.