A Melbourne nurse has been charged with terrorism-related offences after voluntarily returning from Syria where he allegedly worked with Islamic State (ISIL) militants, the Australian Federal Police says.
Adam Brookman, 39, returned to Australia under police escort on Friday night, after he surrendered to authorities in Turkey.
Members of Victoria’s Joint Counter-Terrorism Team successfully applied for his extradition from Sydney to Melbourne.
Brookman was charged with one count of knowingly providing support to a terrorist organisation and performing services with intention of supporting a person to engage in a hostile activity in a foreign state.
Brookman appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Sunday morning.
He made no application for bail and was remanded in custody ahead of an expected hearing on Monday.
Brookman’s lawyers have been in negotiations with the AFP about his return since April.
In a statement, AFP National Manager (for) Counter-Terrorism Neil Gaughan said Australians had been warned about the consequences of getting involved in conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
“Matters such as this ultimately concern community safety, and we make no apology in taking action against people who may bring a radicalised ideology, and potentially other skills, back to Australia,” he said.
“There is no evidence of a threat in Australia in this instance, and the ongoing safety of the community was the primary factor in all of the arrangements made to facilitate this individual’s return to Australia.
“To put it simply, we cannot act alone in ensuring the safety of our communities. It is important all members of the Australian community remain vigilant and report any information or concerns they may have to police or other authorities.”
The AFP confirmed it had managed Brookman’s travel back to Australia.
It said he was facing several investigations.