26-Year-Old Man Arrested and Charged With Planning Terrorist Attack
A 26-year-old man from Sydney has been charged with terrorism-related offences after he allegedly tried to travel overseas to possibly carry out terrorist attacks outside Australia in 2016.
Nowroz Amin was arrested from his south-western Sydney home on June 16 following a lengthy joint investigation by a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and New South Wales (NSW) police, that was triggered after extremist materials were found in the man’s possession.
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Police allege that Amin was stopped from traveling to Bangladesh at Sydney Airport in February 2016 after Border Force officers found items—clothing and extremist material in electronic devices—in his luggage, indicating that he may be travelling overseas to engage in terrorist activities.
Investigators part of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) uncovered that the 26-year-old was planning to travel to Bangladesh to meet with people who held similar extremist beliefs and to possibly engage in terrorist acts.
Amin was subsequently charged with three offences including making preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities, other acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts, and exporting Tier 1 goods without requisite approval, according to a police statement.
If found guilty, Amin may face life imprisonment for the two terrorism charges.
Ian McCartney, Assistant Commissioner for the AFP National Manager Counter Terrorism, said the investigation had been lengthy and complex.
“The NSW JCTT will continue investigating all individuals who come to our attention and bring them to account for their criminal actions,” McCartney said in a statement.
The NSW JCTT is made up of the AFP, NSW Police Force, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission, according to the statement.
Mick Willing, NSW police force Assistant Commissioner of the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, said the joint team is committed to protecting the community.
“NSW police will continue working with our partner agencies to target and disrupt any threat to community safety,” Willing said.
Amin did not apply for bail at Parramatta local court today, reported ABC. Authorities said there is no current or impending threat to the community.