A Sydney man who published extremist rhetoric and had prescriptions for explosives was arrested for allegedly being a member of the Islamic State group, Australian police said on Saturday. “The man was charged with membership in a terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State,” said the Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales Police in a joint statement after a seven-month investigation.
They did not cite the 24-year-old arrested on Friday as a typical practice in Australia unless police consider identifying the suspect in the best interests of the victim’s family or the public. “There is no ongoing threat to the population in connection with this investigation,” said the police.
If convicted, the man faces up to 10 years imprisonment. “The man’s rhetoric on the Internet escalated … he had collected a large amount of extremist material and was in possession of several improvised explosive prescriptions,” police said.
“The actions of this man do not represent the Islamic faith,” Stephen Dametto, the Federal Police’s counter-terrorism commander, is quoted in the press release. “His actions are criminal and represent hatred and terror.”
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