Category: Terrorism Charges

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Isolating Extremists Increases the Danger


One of the responses used by many countries to the threat of violent extremism has been to segregate suspected offenders in prison. However, a decade-long study of prisons in the Philippines by Australian National University researcher Dr Clarke Jones suggests the practice tends to harden radical beliefs and reduce the prospect of rehabilitation, potentially increasing …
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Serial Hate Preacher Arrested Over Threats


Police have arrested and charged prolific hate preacher Nathan Sykes for allegedly making threats of violence against a Melbourne journalist. The ‘lieutenant’ of Australia’s most prominent white supremacist Jim Saleam, Mr Sykes has been charged with a number of offences including using a carriage service to threaten serious harm. The arrest comes after years of …
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Christchurch: True Blue Aussie Terrorism


As an Anglo-Australian man stormed into the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch last Friday afternoon, Haji-Daoud Nabi greeted his assailant at the door with the words, “Hello, brother. Welcome”. And for this the 71-year-old Afghan man lost his life. It would be easy to say that the 28-year-old man disgraced Australia, however …
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Terrorist Attack in Christchurch – The Volcano Set to Erupt


Meticulously cultivated, Islamophobia is an uncontrollable force – one that pushed through the brittle surface on Friday 15th March 2019 to take the lives of 50 innocent men, women and children. There was nothing shocking about what occurred on that dark day, or even surprising. The wholesale demonisation of Muslims is something that has gone …
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Right-Wing Extremists: The Real Terrorism Threat


The horrific massacre in two Christchurch mosques which was allegedly perpetrated by Australian white supremacist Brentan Tarrant has led to calls for a renewed focus on right-wing terrorism. On 15 March 2019, Tarrant allegedly slaughtered 49 defenceless people, including children, during prayer on Islam’s holy day of Friday. Another child was killed in the area. …
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Laws Empowering Government to Revoke Citizenship May be Unconstitutional


The Morrison government announced late last year it would be passing legislation to lower the threshold for stripping Australians suspected of terrorist activity of their citizenship. The Federal Labor Party has now signalled its intention to oppose the measure after receiving legal advice that the new legislation may be unconstitutional. The proposal The power to …
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Government Limits Power of Courts to Impose Alternatives to Imprisonment


Section 5(1) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (‘the Act’) makes clear that a court “must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate.” This is the statutory embodiment of the common law principle that prison is the last resort when it comes …
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Sydney Man Sentenced to Death in Iraq


An Australian man has asked the Australian Government for assistance after being found guilty of terrorism offences in Iraq and sentenced to death by hanging. Former labourer Ahmed Merhi travelled to Syria in 2015 where, he says, he engaged in humanitarian work to assist displaced people. However, he was convicted in a criminal court in …
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Victoria Increases Police Powers and Removes Legal Safeguards


The recent weeks, the bulk of Victoria’s Justice Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2018 has been enacted, which the state government claims will better protect the community against the threat of terrorism. The changes include new powers for police to detain suspects without charge or a court order for up to four days, and to use …
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Government Seeks Power to Intercept Phone Communications


“The best way to take control over a people and control them severely is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which …