“No evidence?”. Really.
There will never be any evidence with a dunce like chief Duncan Lewis heading ASIO. Australia obviously has too many dunces in positions where they have no place to be.
Deadly Islamic extremists are roaming our streets
Devout Muslims are roaming our streets
Australian authorities lack enough evidence to lock potentially deadly Islamic extremists behind bars, and instead they free to roam our streets after fighting in Syria and Iraq.
News Corp reports that more than 40 people have returned to Australia from war zones within the past five years, but authorities have only prosecuted two foreign fighters.
One is believed to have been charged over fighting with al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra last year, while the second person was prosecuted on December 22. The details surrounding the case are unknown.
Though Attorney-General George Brandis has not confirmed this.
Authorities say it’s difficult to gather evidence from Syrian or Iraqi counterparts.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre head Jacinta Carroll said the Australian public is concerned about returning fighters, but authorities are struggling to obtain evidence against them.
“The Australian public is rightly concerned about returning fighters, but it’s very challenging to get evidence sufficient for a prosecution when someone is engaged in a conflict zone in areas that are controlled by terrorists,” Ms Carroll said.
“It’s very concerning. There’s a continuing ongoing grave terror threat to Australia. While our intelligence and police do everything they can to monitor those people, it’s resource-intensive to do so.”
Mr Brandis told News Corp all individuals returning to Australia from conflict zone are assessed for the level of risk they pose to the community.
“Any person who has been determined to have been fighting in the conflict, to have been a member of a terrorist group or to have been in a declared area will face the full extent of the law,” he added.
To combat this, a new law which allows authorities to charge a person over visiting a declared terrorist zone – even if there’s no evidence they were involved in hostile activity – has reportedly been introduced.
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