Tyler Jakovac, 18 years old from NSW, was charged with terrorism offences as he used an encrypted online messaging service to encourage others to kill “non-whites, Jews and Muslims”.
He was arrested in his East Albury home yesterday morning, just a few hours after he allegedly made online comments which suggested that he was willing to be involved in a “mass casualty event”.
Upon arrest two offences were changed, urging violence against members or groups and advocating terrorism. In total, the charges against him hold a maximum combined term of 12 years imprisonment.
The teenager was the subject of a joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police, which began last August.
He even allegedly shared bomb-making instructions and showed support for extremist ideologies on the encrypted messaging service Telegram. In the report, he allegedly used the channel @European Brotherhood SS to use violence against “non-whites, Jews and Muslims”.
Just this morning, on the Albury Local Court, Mr. Jakovac’s matter was mentioned but he did not appeal or even apply for bail. His next court appearance will be in Sydney on February 26.
With this, Minister Peter Dutton from the Home Affair was astounded and praised the work of the AFP and NSW Police for catching the teenager. He told media “It’s very concerning and the police have moved as they do in some cases where they believe that pre-emptive strike is the safest way to deal with a threat.”
According to authorities there was no specific attack plotted but police observed “an escalation in the tone which went to a support of a mass casualty event and potentially his involvement in that event”.
However, Mr. Dutton did not add input on whether the arrest at the teenager’s home was of any relevance to the release of the New Zealand Royal Commission into the Christchurch attacks. Yet, he said the nation’s security agencies were concerned about the rise of right-wing ideology being spread over social media and the internet.
He even added “During COVID … people are spending more time online, and it’s very easy for ISIL, or for some neo-Nazi lunatic out of the United States to be communicating with a 15-year-old Australian sitting behind his computer here at home.
Federal Government agreed yesterday to work alongside Parliament’s intelligence and security committee is investigating the threat posed by the right-wing extremism in Australia, after lobbying by the Opposition.