A 21-YEAR-OLD man is facing life in prison, after being charged with 14 terror-related offences following a raid in Brisbane’s south.
Counter-terror police stormed the man’s Kuraby home on Saturday morning.
He was arrested and charged with 14 counts of trying to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.
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In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said the man also allegedly tried to recruit two juveniles to travel with him.
“It will be alleged in court that during a period between late 2016 and early 2017, the man made preparations to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities,” the statement said.
“It will also be alleged he encouraged and recruited other people to join him in travelling to Syria; so they could also join organisations engaged in hostile activities against foreign governments.
“The Kuraby man and those he was encouraging were not successful in leaving Australia.
“The maximum penalty for the preparation for a foreign incursion offence is life imprisonment, and for recruitment for foreign incursion offences – 25 years.”
The 21-year-old has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Matthew Rippon, National Manager Counter Terrorism, highlighted the tenacity of investigators from all agencies in the JCTT in what is a highly complex and sensitive investigation resulting in today’s arrest.
“Today’s operational activity is a reminder that the threat posed by terrorism is ongoing but the community should have confidence in the Queensland JCTT pursuing all investigative avenues at their disposal to contribute to the safety of our community,” he said.
“The collective power and capabilities of all agencies in the JCTT sends a strong message about the commitment to thoroughly investigate and then put before the courts those who engage in terrorism related activity.”
QPS Acting Assistant Commissioner Bill Graham, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Major Events Command, praised the work of all agencies involved in the investigation.
“The QPS remains committed to working with its partner agencies for the safety and security of the whole community.”
Anyone with information on national security matters should call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123400.