Terror charges dropped against Melbourne teen

Terror charges dropped against Melbourne teen

Zoe Philip

Charges have been dropped against the Melbourne teenager accused of plotting the Anzac Day terrorism attack.

Prosecutors today announced in the magistrates’ court that the charges of planning the terrorist attack would not proceed, as there was insufficient evidence to continue with the prosecution.

Harun Causevic, 18, was granted bail however, he will face three minor weapons charges.

The court heard Mr Causevic would plead guilty to charges in relation to possession of the prohibited weapons.

The Hampton Park teenager has been in custody since April after being accused of conspiring to drive a car into a police officer, behead them, steal their weapon and then embark on a shooting rampage at an Anzac Day ceremony.

Causevic’s lawyer, Rob Stary has called for police to formally apologise to the young man, saying it is “a terrible injustice”

But both the Australian Federal Police and Victorian Police have responded in a joint statement, saying they would rather risk a prosecution failing, than risk members of the community being hurt or killed through no overt action.

As a condition of his bail, Causevic will attend counselling before he returns to court in November.

Image: Harun Causevic court sketch

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