Media Release: Further charges laid in counter terrorism operation

Release Date: Friday, October 17 2014, 07:45 AM

This is a joint AFP and QPS media release.

The Brisbane Joint Counter Terrorism Team will today lay additional charges against a 22-year-old Boronia Heights man as part of its ongoing investigation into terrorism-related offences.

The man now faces a total of seven charges. The additional charges are:

• Committing an act in preparation for a terrorist act, namely the transportation of a firearm, contrary to section 101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth) (maximum penalty life imprisonment); and

• Possessing things, namely machetes, knives, balaclavas, military fatigues, fuel, corks, and a firearm, connected with preparation for a terrorist act, contrary to section 101.4 (1) of the Criminal Code (Cth) (maximum penalty 15 years imprisonment).

These additional charges are as a result of ongoing investigations into the man’s activities including the alleged preparation and recruitment for incursions into Syria to fight.

The man is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (Friday, 17 October).

As these legal processes are ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment further.

Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333
Queensland Police Media (07) 3015 2444