Monday, 09 December 2019
Media release

Man arrested after deportation from Turkey

The Australian Government can confirm an Australian citizen has been arrested in relation to terrorism offences following deportation from Turkey.

The man was arrested by police from the Queensland Joint Counter-Terrorism Team and taken into custody on his arrival into Adelaide on Sunday.

Police have advised there is no current or impending threat to the community from the arrest.

Today, an Adelaide court granted an order which allows for the man to be extradited to Queensland where he will face a number of terrorism related offences.

It will be alleged the man was a member of the proscribed terrorist organisation Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS) previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and engaged in hostile activities against a foreign government.  

The offences are very serious and, if found guilty, carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies are committed to working together to keep Australians safe.

Anyone fighting with, providing material support to or associating with terrorist groups, is committing a serious crime and will be subject to the law.

The QLD Joint Counter Terrorism Team comprises the Queensland Police Service, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.