Australia

Brisbane man charged with 'providing support' to IS terror group

Counter-terror police, along with ASIO agents and AFP officers arrested the man on Tuesday. Source: AAP

A Brisbane man has faced court charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation.

A Brisbane man has faced court accused of giving video editing software to a relative who went to work for a media unit of the so-called Islamic State terror group in a conflict zone.

Alaa Adam Atwani, 27, faced Richlands Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation.

Police allege Atwani provided Sony Vegas video-editing software to a relative who had travelled to a conflict zone - and was working for the media unit of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

The arrest was part of a joint- AFP-Queensland Police operation.

He committed the alleged offence at a unit in Sydney suburb Punchbowl between October and November 2014, court documents state.

It is alleged he knew he was helping a terrorist organisation.

Atwani was arrested as part of a joint AFP-Queensland police investigation into Australians suspected  of "being members of a terrorist organisation in Syria and Iraq, as well as people in Australia suspected of providing assistance to terrorist organisations".

Queensland police, AFP officers and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation agents raided the man's home in Algester, in Brisbane's south-west on Tuesday.

He was charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organisation, contrary to two sections of the criminal code, which carry a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said this arrest highlighted the strong working relationships between Australia’s law enforcement agencies.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney

“The AFP is committed to working with national security and law enforcement partners to identify all criminality associated with Australians who illegally travelled to participate in the conflict in Syria and Iraq," he said.

“We will allege that the support this man provided was tangible and would directly assist a terrorist organisation with its objectives.”

The Assistant Commissioner said there was no threat to members of the public in Australia.

Atwani did no apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

His matter was set aside for mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 21.

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