SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Two men have appeared in a Brisbane court charged with terrorism related offences following a series of police raids. Meanwhile reports suggest that Australia’s terror threat level could be raised to high because it is believed radicals who have had their passports blocked by ASIO have ‘settled plans’ to carry out attacks on home soil.
Extremists who hope to fight with the IS (ISIS, Da’esh) but have already had their passport cancelled by ASIO are thought to be of high concern. ‘It’s like (they’re saying), “we’ve got to do something, we can’t go to Syria”,’ said a source. ‘It’s gone beyond bravado, they are seriously talking about it.’
On Tuesday, outgoing ASIO chief David Irvine said the spy organisation was actively considering raising Australia’s terror threat level, from medium to high, for the first time in 11 years. On Thursday, Brisbane man Omar Succarieh, 31, appeared in court accused of funding the terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria. He is believed to be the brother of Ahmed Succarieh, an Australian reported to have committed a suicide bombing in Syria.
Kruezi, 21, is also charged with recruiting people for incursions into Syria and weapons-related offences. Neither applied for bail and their cases were adjourned to October 17. On Thursday, Kruezi and Succarieh’s lawyer Dan Rogers said he was in the process of taking instructions from his clients and requested both matters be adjourned to the commonwealth callover court. Both men were remanded in custody.
A crossbow and a firearm were among items seized by officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Queensland Police during nine raids in Brisbane and Logan on Wednesday. The iQraa Islamic Centre in the Logan suburb of Underwood, which has come under fire for promoting extremist views, was among the premises searched following a year-long AFP investigation.
On Wednesday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told ABC radio there was a ‘specific’ threat to Australia. ‘I think these things get specific to Australia and I’m not at liberty to go beyond a statement such as that,’ he said. ‘The fact that there are Australians involved … and there is ambitions that go well beyond just the establishment of the [Islamic] State and, as I said, there are many other terrorist organisations that fit under this umbrella of what is occurring in the Middle East.’
Australian Federal Police conducted a raid at iQraa Islamic Centre on Logan Rd in Underwood on Wednesday morning and bullet holes were found in one of the windows. The centre raised money for two ‘sermons’ by Perth-based Islamic preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne, who has posted support for terrorist group ISIS on social media and has been monitored by the federal government, The Courier Mail reported.