Five men charged with foreign incursion offences in Australia

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May 14 2016

The Victorian and Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Teams (JCTT) can confirm that five Melbourne men arrested in Queensland this week have today been charged with foreign incursion offences.

The men were arrested on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 in relation to suspicion of potential offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code, specifically those concerning incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities.

The men – aged 31, 21, 25, 28 and 30 – were each charged with one count of:
•making preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to section 119.4 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

The men remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday, 16 May 2016.

Australian Federal Police