The NSW Joint counter-terrorism team has this morning arrested a 40 year -old Parramatta woman at 7:40am. She is being charged with 5 counts of intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation which carries a maximum of 25 years in Jail.
The woman is an Australian citizen and wasn’t previously known to police. The police will allege between February 2015 and October 2015 she made 5 transfers totalling just over $30,000 via Western Union bank to the Islamic State (IS). The woman has been charged with five counts of intentionally make funds available to or collect funds for or on behalf of an organisation, namely Islamic State, knowing that the organisation was a terrorist organisation (S102.6 (1) Commonwealth Criminal Code).
This arrest was part of an ongoing operation called ‘PEQIN’, which commenced in June 2015. The operation is investigating the activities of several people alleged to be involved in terrorist activities. NSW Police’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing said “there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today’s arrest”.
NSI recommends ongoing vigilance. If you notice suspicious behaviour or have concerns that may relate to national security please call The National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. This Hotline is a vital component of Australia’s national counter-terrorism efforts.
“Over the past fourteen years, the Hotline has received over 250,000 calls, faxes, letters and emails. A significant number of reports to the Hotline have contributed to investigations or initiated new ones.”
The nature of terrorism is constantly evolving with technological advancements, observant callers regularly provide information on the use of websites or social media platforms promoting violent extremist ideology, suspicious purchase of dangerous goods, suspicious travel planning, and reports from people concerned that someone they know is becoming radicalised towards violent extremism.
If something doesn’t add up even if you think it’s probably nothing, the smallest piece of information can make a huge difference and potentially save lives. Speak up by calling the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.
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You can also contact the National Security Hotline in the following ways:
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