SYDNEY – A 25-year-old Australian man appeared on Wednesday before a court in Sydney after being accused of having traveled to Syria in March 2015 to engage in terrorism-linked activities.
The suspect, whose name was withheld, was arrested on Tuesday in the neighborhood of Mount Lewis, southwest of Sydney.
Police said in a statement that he was accused of having traveled to the conflict zone in Syria between March and October 2015 to engage in hostile activities.
He is also charged with managing criminal proceeds of crime, in the form of money and property, worth more than AU$1 million ($766,410).
If proven to have fought abroad, the accused could be sentenced to life imprisonment, while entering or remaining in an area prohibited by Australian authorities as a conflict zone is punishable by up to ten years’ imprisonment.
The accused was arrested as part of a major anti-money laundering operation, which already resulted in the arrest of three other persons earlier this year.