A 25-year-old man from Logan was today sentenced in the Supreme Court of Queensland to 17 years and four months in prison for his role in planning a terrorist act on Australian soil and preparations for a foreign incursion into Syria and Iraq.
Agim Kruezi was arrested in September 2014 as part of an extensive operation by the Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT). The JCTT comprises members from the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton welcomed today’s sentence.
“Terrorists rightly attract severe penalties under our legislation as reflected by the sentence handed down today,” Mr Dutton said.
“I would like to congratulate the police and security agencies for their work which led to this outcome.”
“The timely intervention which ultimately led to today’s outcome prevented a potential terrorist attack and is a reminder of how effectively our agencies work together to turn intelligence into preventative action,” Mr Dutton said.
Evidence collected in the investigation revealed the man was just days away from carrying out a terrorist attack somewhere in Queensland.
He was convicted for the Commonwealth offences of:
- Section 7(1)(a)
Crimes (Foreign Incursions and recruitment) Act 1978, Preparations for Foreign Incursions, and
- Section 101.6(1) of the
Criminal Code, Acts in Preparation for a Terrorist Act.
Since 12 September 2014, when the national terrorism threat level was raised, there have been 14 major counter-terrorism disruption operations in response to potential attack planning in Australia.