An 18-year-old Hallam man has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts under section 101.6 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.
The 18-year-old fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon where he was remanded in custody to reappear on Friday.
An 18-year-old Narre Warren man has been released and is expected to be charged on summons with prohibited weapons offences.
The two other Narre Warren men, aged 18 and 19, have been released pending further enquiries.
An 18-year-old Hampton Park man currently remains in custody.
Operation Rising has resulted in the execution of seven search warrants in the South Eastern Metropolitan area, in the suburbs of Narre Warren, Hampton Park, Hallam and Eumemmerring early this morning.
Victoria has well tested, cooperative, counter terrorism and emergency management plans in place and constantly monitor and assess our preparedness to respond to a range of emergencies.
The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team maintains strong links with the intelligence and other agencies that give us the best possible understanding of emergency issues.
The community should continue to go about their daily business and report any suspicious activity to triple zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00