The Australian Federal Police said on Wednesday that it had arrested an 18 year-old man in the southern city of Albury in the New South Wales (NSW) state over terrorism-related offences.
The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team
(JCTT) launched an investigation into the man back in August after investigators
became aware of his numerous posts on
social networks that contained an extreme right-wing ideology pointing to potential criminal activity, the police said.
“The 18-year-old man was arrested earlier
this morning (Wednesday, 9 December 2020) and is due to be charged with range of criminal counter-terrorism related offences,” the police said in press release.
According to the police, the arrest was
made on Wednesday, as investigators were concerned over “the escalating content of some of the man’s communications, which allegedly indicated his willingness to commit violent and criminal act.
The man is set to appear before the Albury Local Court later on Wednesday and will be charged with urging violence against members or groups.
If convicted, the teenager risks the penalty of a seven-year imprisonment and up to five years jail term, respectively, for advocating and envisaging terrorism.