Alleged tinny terrorists to be extradited
THE so-called tinny terrorists who allegedly plotted to sail a seven metre boat to Indonesia and then make their way to the Middle East where they hoped to join ISIS forces in Syria will now face a much less exciting journey to Victoria to face terrorism related charges.
The group was arrested by officers from the Australian Federal Police and the Queensland Police Service on Wednesday May 11, in Cairns.
It is alleged they towed the boat from Melbourne to far north Queensland in the hope of setting sail to Indonesia.
Shortly after the men's arrest AFP officers from Victoria confirmed the group had been under surveillance for quite some time.
"There have been reports that seem to be downplaying this somewhat, I want it to be perfectly clear, this is a serious attempt by five men who are of a security interest to us, who have had their passports cancelled, an attempt to exit Australia so that they can make their way through boat and then ultimately - we are investigating the intention to end up in Syria to fight," Victorian Police's deputy commissioner Shane Patton said on the day the men were arrested.
"We have an obligation here in Victoria and in Australia to make sure that we don't allow these people to exit Australia.
"I know there would be people sitting at home and they would say, 'why don't you just simply let them go and let them take their chance oin the waves and fighting in Syria?' - we can't do that.
"We can;t allow Australians to leave Australia and support terrorism, anywhere, additionally what happens is if we allow these people to go and fight in Syria they come back, their combat hardened, they have increased weaponry and explosive skills and they're increased in radicalisation."
This afternoon a Cairns Magistrate approved the extradition of the men, back to Victoria to face court.