An Australian man extradited to Queensland on terror charges allegedly performed military services, distributed propaganda for a terrorist organisation with links to Al Qaeda and “boasted about killing non-Muslims”.
Agim Ajazi, 30, briefly appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning after being flown from Turkey to South Australia before being extradited to Brisbane.
He is facing five charges including providing support to a terrorist organisation, incursions into foreign countries, advocating terrorism, and membership of a terrorist organisation.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner in counter terrorism Ian McCartney said the arrest was “a long time coming” and the man now faced “serious Commonwealth offences”.
“The hostile activity offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment if convicted,” he said.
The AFP will allege Mr Ajazi travelled to Syria in 2013 and engaged in hostile offences as a member of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra.
The man had previously resided on the Gold Coast and was subject to investigations while living in Australia, police said.
“This group adheres to violent, extremist ideology and maintains links to Al Qaeda,” assistant commissioner McCartney said.
“We will allege that the person, whilst in Syria, adopted the name Amad Shaheed and used social media to document his activities with Jabhat al-Nusra.”
Police will also allege he was engaging in hostile activities and advocated terrorist acts, not just in the conflict zone in Syria but also in the West, including Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
However, Assistant Commissioner McCartney said there was no current or impending threat to safety in Australia.
Police allege the hostile activities he was engaging in included firing firearms and said “that’s been reflected on some of the social media accounts”.
“He’s recorded as boasting about killing non-Muslims in the conflict zones,” Assistant Commissioner McCartney said.
Mr Ajazi was remanded in custody and is due to have his case mentioned again in January.