A 42-year-old Muslim has been charged over a terror plot to develop ‘high-tech missiles and laser warning devices’ following a major anti-terrorism police operation in country New South Wales.
On Tuesday the Australian Federal Police arrested Australian-born electrician Haisem Zahab at a Young property in relation to terrorism offences.
The terrorist has sought to advise ISIS on how to develop high-tech weapons capability.
‘This highlights that terrorism and support for terrorist groups is not limited to our major cities’.
Zahab has been charged with two serious foreign incursion offences and a failure to comply with order to assist access to data.
The foreign incursion offences carry the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The Muslim terrorist was using the internet to research and design a laser warning device for ISIS terrorists.
‘This operation does not relate to any planned terrorist attack in Australia,’ police said.
The AFP and dog squad were seen thoroughly searching horse paddocks, chicken coops and the isolated building for hours on Tuesday.
‘This is an ongoing matter and we believe he has networks and contacts in ISIS,’ Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters.
‘It’s not necessarily just in the conflict zones but in other parts of the world as well and he has been relying on them to pass this information.
‘With these offences, we will allege that he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIS, activities in the Syria and Iraq conflict, from Australia’.
The terrorist was ‘technically-trained’ and his research was ‘credible’.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the arrest came after an 18-month police operation.
‘It reminds us that whether you are in a capital city planning an attack on home soil or whether you are in a small country town, trying to assist the terrorist state in the Middle East, you will get caught,’ he said.
Zahab was refused bail on Tuesday and will front Parramatta Court on March 8.