Melbourne man arrested for attempting to fight IS

A Melbourne man has been charged by the state’s Joint Counter ‪‎Terrorism Team for attempting to travel to northern Iraq to fight with Kurdish forces.

The 28 year old was stopped as he attempted to board a flight in December last year.

According to authorities he had various items of military-style equipment and clothing in his luggage.

The man was arrested last night and is expected to face Melbourne Magistrates Court later today, where police will allege he undertook preparations and attempted to depart Australia to fight against the Islamic State.

The AFP National Manager Counter Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said undertaking planning to travel to Syria or Iraq to support those involved in the conflict, regardless of who you support, is illegal and highly dangerous.

“There have been numerous warnings against participating in the current conflict in Syria and Iraq, and while this individual did not actually travel, people need to be aware that actively planning and undertaking preparations to travel to the conflict area still constitutes a criminal offence,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said in a statement.

“Obtaining appropriate evidence to put before the courts in matters such as this is a challenging and time-consuming process, but the AFP and its partner agencies will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute individuals who choose to ignore the repeated warnings of the government, police and the community.”

According to the Australian Federal Police the Epping man has been charged with one count of preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to section 119.4(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

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