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Teen charged over Australian plot
19 Apr 2015 08:08
Australian police have charged a teenager with conspiring to commit a terrorist attack at an ANZAC Day event next week.
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The attack was planned to take place at an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli during World War 1.
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Ceremonies are held across Australia to remember fallen Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott said hundreds of Australian police were involved in an operation which resulted in the arrest of five teenagers in an overnight raid.
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Sevdet Besim, 18, from the southeast of Melbourne was charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act on ANZAC Day on 25 April.
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He was refused bail and is expected to appear in court next Friday, Australian media reported.
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An unidentified second 18-year-old who was arrested but not yet charged was being held under a preventative detention order that could last for up to two weeks, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
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It is believed to be the first time a preventative detention order - meant to help police when there is a threat of an imminent terrorist attack or to collect evidence after an attack - has been used by the southern state's police force, the spokeswoman said.
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A third man, also 18, was released and is expected to be charged with weapons offences, while two others aged 18 and 19 were freed without charge as investigations continued.
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