Returning Aussie ISIS recruit charged

A Sydney man's been charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, after returning from overseas.
A Sydney man's been charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, after returning from overseas.

A 30-year-old Sydney man who's alleged to be an Islamic State recruit has been arrested and charged upon his return to Australia.

The man arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Turkey about 4pm on Saturday and was arrested by counterterrorism authorities at the airport.

The man allegedly travelled from Sydney to Turkey in 2013 and then on to Syria, where he helped foreign fighters travel to the area.

He has been charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, engaging in hostile activity overseas, supporting another person to engage in hostile activity overseas and entering a banned jurisdiction.

He'll appear before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Sunday morning.

"We have a responsibility to prevent our citizens from contributing to violence and instability overseas. Our laws are aimed at discouraging Australians from fighting in overseas conflicts and endangering their lives," the Australian Federal Police's Commander Stephen Dametto said in a statement.

Australian Associated Press