Perth man charged with possessing child abuse material


This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force.

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The AFP and the Western Australia Police Force (WAPF) have charged a 30-year-old Perth man with possessing child abuse material following a joint agency investigation into his online activities.

In November 2020 the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an online user uploading child abuse material to Google Drive.

Enquiries by investigators from the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) linked the 30-year-old Banksia Grove man to the account uploading hundreds of files containing child abuse material.

Police will allege in court the man had control of the account and used it to save child abuse material.

A search warrant was executed at the man’s residence on 28 January 2021 and investigators seized several electronic devices. The seized items will be subject to further digital forensic examination and further charges have not been ruled out.

The man was charged with four counts of possessing child abuse material, section 474.22A(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). He was bailed to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today (26 February).

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available, visit to learn more www.accce.gov.au/support

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation: www.thinkuknow.org.au

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

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International drug lord compared to Pablo Escobar is finally caught


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A Canadian man, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, has been arrested by the Central Unit of the National Police of the Netherlands on Friday acting on an INTERPOL Red Diffusion issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The man, Tse Chi Lop, 57, a Canadian national is of significant interest to the AFP and other law enforcement agencies.

Lop, reportedly a billionaire is estimated to be responsible for the importation of more than two-thirds of illegal drugs into Australia. He has been described as Asia’s El Chapo.

Lop, who was born in Guangdong Province in Southern China, but migrated to Canada in the 1980s, boarded a flight for Canada in Taipei on Friday, but was arrested when the plane stopped over in Amsterdam at the city’s Schiphol Airport.

“Tse Chi Lop is in the league of El Chapo or maybe Pablo Escobar,” Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the Reuters Thomson news agency in 2019, referring to Latin America’s most notorious drug lords.

“The importance of Tse’s arrest can not be underestimated. It’s big and (has) been a long time coming,” Douglas said Sunday,

The syndicate he is suspected of running is known to its members as “The Company.” Law enforcers also refer to it as “Sam Gor” – or Brother Number Three in Cantonese – after one of Tse’s nicknames, Reuters reported at the time.The AFP issued an arrest warrant for the man last year in connection with AFP-led Operation Volante, which dismantled a global crime syndicate operating in five countries.

The syndicate targeted Australia over a number of years, importing and distributing large amounts of illicit narcotics, laundering the profits overseas and living off the wealth obtained from crime.

In 2013, the AFP announced that Operation Volante had resulted in the arrest of 27 people for importing and trafficking substantial quantities of heroin and methamphetamine into Australia.

The AFP says it will work with the Attorney-General’s Department to prepare a formal extradition request, accordign to a statement released on Sunday.

The AFP said no further comment would be made at this time.

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Perth man charged for advocating terrorism


This is a joint media release from the Australian Federal Police, Western Australia Police Force and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

** Editor’s note: images and footage available via hightail.

A 52-year-old Perth man is scheduled to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today (23 December) charged with terrorism-related offences following an investigation by the Western Australia Joint Counter Terrorism Team (WA JCTT).

The investigation began in February 2020 after the WA JCTT – comprising Australian Federal Police (AFP), Western Australia Police Force and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – became aware of an online video-sharing platform account hosting content that called for acts of politically-motivated violence offshore.

In April 2020, a search warrant was executed on the home and vehicle of the man believed to own the online account, resulting in a number of electronic devices being seized for evidentiary purposes.

A second search warrant was executed at the man’s residence yesterday (22 December 2020) and the 52-year-old man was arrested and charged with four counts of advocating terrorism, contrary to section 80.2C of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said extremist ideology that incited violence – onshore or offshore – was a criminal offence.

“The AFP and our partner agencies, through the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) will arrest and charge Australian-based individuals allegedly involved in engaging in violent, extremist ideologies,” Assistant Commissioner Lee said.

“In this instance, it is alleged the individual was intending to incite politically motivated acts in a foreign country.

“I commend our investigators for the hundreds of hours spent diligently gathering and examining evidence to put this matter before the courts.”

Commander Pryce Scanlan from WA Police Force’s Counter Terrorism & Emergency Response Command said the arrest reinforces the need for all community members across Australia to remain vigilant.

“Online content advocating for terrorist acts to be carried out has the potential to reach people anywhere in the world, including our local communities, and it is critical we identify and prosecute those responsible for such incitement. It is also just as important that our investigations and operations prevent those people in our community who are vulnerable to radicalisation from being exposed to such material.

“We have seen the devastating impacts that such online radicalisation and incitement can result in, and everyone in the community can play a critical role in keeping our community safe by reporting concerns about online material, or individuals, to authorities.

“Yesterday’s arrest shows the community that law enforcement and intelligence partners across Australia are working together to protect the community.”

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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Geraldton man jailed for sharing child abuse videos online


This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force

A 49-year-old West Australian man has been sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment after earlier pleading guilty to possessing and sharing videos of children and dogs being sexually abused.

The man was sentenced in a Geraldton court this week (7 December 2020) for possessing bestiality material, after being sentenced in the Perth District Court on Friday (4 December) for three offences relating to the child abuse material.

The man, from the Mid-West town of Geraldton, was arrested in April 2020 after having sexually explicit conversations online about the abuse of young children. The person with whom he shared his abhorrent fantasies was actually a covert investigator from the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

The man, then aged 48, also distributed videos of children and babies being sexually abused on encrypted online messaging forums.

ACCCE investigators identified the person suspected of using the account and engaged the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET), which comprises AFP and WA Police Force investigators.

They tracked the man to Geraldton and executed a search warrant at his home in April.

The man initially denied owning a mobile phone but the investigators later found a phone hidden under a fridge.

Police found child abuse material on the phone, as well as details of an online account that matched those used to communicate with the ACCCE investigator.

The man was charged over the illegal content and refused bail. He has been in custody since his arrest.

After a detailed review of his electronic devices, police charged him over the possession of bestiality images and videos.

The man pleaded guilty in June 2020 to four charges of accessing, transmitting and possessing child abuse material and possessing obscene or indecent articles (bestiality).

He was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment and fined $100. He must serve two years and eight months before becoming eligible for parole.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in exploiting or abusing children, or abusing animals, are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Media enquiries

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297



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Mongols OMCG targeted as part of National Day of Action


This is a joint media release.

Police have arrested 18 people and seized almost 30 firearms, drugs and cash as part of a national joint operation to target and disrupt criminal activities linked to the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG).

A series of coordinated warrants and other operational activities were undertaken yesterday, Thursday 3 December, by police and other government agencies and partners from across Australia. Law enforcement agencies involved included Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Western Australia Police, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police Service, South Australia Police and New South Wales Police Force.

18 people were arrested, including Mongols office bearers, members and associates, and charged with a range of offences.

A number of items were also seized including firearms, drugs, cash following the execution of almost 20 search warrants nationally.

In addition to the arrests and seizures made yesterday, valuable intelligence was gained which will be shared with all law enforcement agencies through the Australian Criminal and Intelligence Commission’s Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre.

Victoria Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Frewen, speaking on behalf of National Task Force Morpheus, said it was imperative that law enforcement agencies across Australia continue to work to together to target OMCGs, including the Mongols.

“This is a group we know have traditionally been involved in violent crimes such as shootings, assaults, arson, drug trafficking, extortion and intimidation,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Frewen said.

“These activities bring immense harm to communities across Australia and often significantly impact innocent people who have no links to the OMCG.

“Organised criminal groups such as the Mongols aren’t a state-based problem, they remain a significant issue for law enforcement right across Australia and days of action such as this one provides the ideal opportunity for us to work together to target their offending and also gather intelligence.

“This benefits us by not only immediately removing offenders and their weapons or drugs from the community, but also builds our knowledge to support future investigations. “It’s important that criminal organisations such as the Mongols are held accountable for their criminal actions and this week shows that police will actively work to disrupt their activities.”

“The members of National Task Force Morpheus are committed to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs and will do everything within their powers to protect the community from the dangers outlaw motorcycle gangs pose.”

AFP Acting Commander Sascha Rayner said today’s activity shows that police continue to target OMCGs using both traditional and non-traditional law enforcement methods, including executing search warrants on clubhouses, investigating tax and welfare payments and monitoring travel movements and business activities.

“The community need to be aware that OMCGs are not harmless motorcycle clubs-they are well-organised criminal gangs causing harm and disruption across our country,” A/Cmdr Rayner said.

“The AFP continues to work closely with our domestic and international counterparts to detect, deter and disrupt all types of criminal activities undertaken by OMCGs both within Australia and overseas. State and international borders are no impediment to the joined-up efforts to combat these criminal groups and protect the Australian community.”

Queensland Police Crime and Intelligence Command A/Assistant Commissioner Katherine Innes said co-ordinated activities were an important part of disrupting OMCG criminal activity.

“These ongoing activities are based on real time intelligence, and in response to anti-social and violent behaviour by gang members, which impacts the safety of the community.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with our state, territory and Commonwealth partners to take action at every opportunity to dismantle and disrupt the illegal, anti-social and violent behaviours associated with OMCGs,” A/Assistant Commissioner Innes said.

National Task Force Morpheus is a joint initiative of Australia and New Zealand law enforcement and Australian Commonwealth agencies targeting the crime associated with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG).

The National Taskforce has been working cooperatively to prevent OMCG from establishing in our communities to reduce harm and ensure community safety and wellbeing in public spaces. Anyone with information about OMCG activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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National operation: Victoria Police Media Unit 03 8335 6200

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Australian Federal Police urged to investigate alleged war crimes


CANBERRA, ACT, Australia – The inquiry into Australian Special Forces’ misconduct in Afghanistan has found evidence of war crimes involving 25 current or former Australian Defence Force personnel.

The inquiry found “credible information” of 23 incidents in which one or more non-combatants or prisoners of war “were unlawfully killed by or at the direction of members of the Special Operations Task Group, in circumstances which, if accepted by a jury, would be the war crime of murder.”

In a further two incidents, a non-combatant or prisoner was mistreated in a way that would be “the war crime of cruel treatment.”

Some incidents involved one victim, and in some there were multiple victims.

The inquiry found a total of 39 individuals were killed, and a further two cruelly treated.

The 25 current or former ADF personnel were perpetrators “either as principals or accessories” some of them on a single occasion and a few on multiple occasions.

None of the alleged crimes involved decisions made “under pressure, in the heat of battle.”

The inquiry, in a report released on Thursday, has recommended the Chief of the Defence Force refer 36 matters to the Australian Federal Police for criminal investigation, relating to 23 incidents, and involving 19 individuals.

The inquiry, which examined conduct by the Special Forces between 2005 and 2016 was conducted by Justice Paul Brereton. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week announced the establishment of a special investigator’s office to prepare material for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

While the report is damning specifically for the special forces operation in the prolonged Afghanistan war, it will cast a pall over the Australian military more generally.

It recommends Australia immediately compensate families of Afghan nationals unlawfully killed, without waiting for criminal liability to be established.

“This will be an important step in rehabilitating Australia’s national reputation, in particular with Afghanistan, and it is simply the right thing to do,” the report says.

It says although many members of the Australian Operation Task Group showed great courage and commitment, and the group had considerable achievements, “what is now known must disentitle the unit as a whole to eligibility for recognition for sustained outstanding service.”

“It has to be said that what this Report discloses is disgraceful and a profound betrayal of the Australian Defence Forces’ professional standards and expectations.”

The inquiry has recommended revoking the award of the Meritorious Unit Citation, “as an effective demonstration of the collective responsibility and accountability” of the group as a whole.

The investigation found that while commanders on the ground were involved, those higher up the chain did not know of the war crimes being perpetrated.

Among the evidence, the inquiry found credible information that “junior soldiers were required by their patrol commanders to shoot a prisoner, in order to achieve the sliders first kill, in a practice that was known as ‘blooding.'”

It also found that “throwdowns” (weapons and radios) would be placed with the body as a “cover story” for operational reporting and to deflect scrutiny.

“This was reinforced with a cone of silence.”

The report laid blame on culture, condemning the “warrior culture” of some SAS commanders in Australia.

The Chief of the ADF, Angus Campbell said at a news conference he “sincerely and unreservedly apologised” for any wrongdoing by Australian soldiers.

Campbell said he had accepted all 143 Brereton recommendations, dealing with culture, governance, and accountability.

Author: Michelle Grattan – Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

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Perth man in court on child exploitation offences


This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force

A 41-year-old man who allegedly shared child abuse material online and wrote about his desires to sexually abuse young girls is expected to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court today (18 November 2020).

The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team arrested the Perth man last night (17 November 2020), after an investigation sparked by information from US Homeland Security Investigations.

HSI alerted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that a person suspected to be in Australia had shared images of children being sexually abused to an online child exploitation forum and wrote about wanting to sexually assault a young girl he knew.

Investigations by the AFP resulted in the identification of the 41-year-old man as the suspected user of the account.

WA JACET, which comprises AFP and WA Police Force officers, executed a search warrant at the man’s home yesterday evening.

They allegedly found details of online accounts associated with the alleged offending.

Police seized three electronic devices, which will be forensically examined.

The man was charged with two counts of use a carriage service to transmit child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and refused police bail. The offence carries a potential maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

AFP Detective Inspector Paula Fernandez said police acted swiftly to identify the alleged user of the account and protect any young children potentially at risk.

“We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of anyone who is involved in the exploitation or abuse of children, online or elsewhere,” she said.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Media are reminded it is an offence to publish or broadcast details which may identify a victim of a sexual offence, including the age of the victim or how the offender had access to a child.

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and

conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Media enquiries

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297



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