Prisoner is charged with planning terrorist attacks on Australian police and soldiers from his supermax cell
A 24-year-old man has been charged for allegedly planning acts of terrorism targeted at police, military personnel and corrective services staff while behind bars in Goulburn Correctional Centre.
NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) charged on the man on Thursday, following an extensive investigation known as Operation Zellaer.
The investigation began in late 2018 into a number of people alleged to be engaging in terrorism-related activities, and the 24-year-old was found to be an associate of these people.
NSW Police Force’s High Risk Terrorist Offenders Unit also launched a second investigation regarding his eligibility for a supervision/detention.
Following their investigation, the man was placed on an Interim Continuing Detention Order, and evidence discovered by police was referred to the Counter Terrorism Team.
In October 2019, police executed a search warrant on the man’s cell at Goulburn Supermax.
The man was on remand for matters unrelated to terrorism at the time.
Police allege evidence seized during their search warrant directly related to the planning of acts of violent extremism within the community aimed at police, military personnel and correctional staff.