Brisbane Man Charged With 14 Counts of Terrorism-Related Offences Following Morning Raid
A 21-year-old man from Kuraby, Queensland, has been charged with terrorism-related offences following an arrest this morning made by the Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT).
At around 4 a.m. this morning, authorities raided the 21-year-old man’s Didcot Street home. The man was then taken into custody for questioning while authorities spoke to his family, according to 9News.
According to a statement by the Australian Federal Police, it is alleged that during a period between late 2016 and early 2017, the man made preparations to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities against foreign governments.
It is also alleged that the man encouraged and recruited other people into joining him in travelling to Syria. However, neither the man from Kuraby or his associates were successful in leaving Australia.
The 21-year-old man has been charged with 14 counts of terrorism-related charges.
These include, five counts of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities and two counts of recruiting persons to join organisations engaged in hostile activities against foreign Governments.
“The maximum penalty for the preparation for a foreign incursion offence is life imprisonment, and for recruitment for foreign incursion offences – 25 years,” authorities said in a statement.
Authorities have also advised that there is no threat to the community resulting from this recent activity.
“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,” AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Matthew Rippon said.
The man is expected to appear before a Brisbane Magistrate Court on 2 July 2018.
This is a developing story.