Two Melbourne men charged with terrorism offences are brothers, a court has heard.
Ari Sherani, 20, and his younger brother, Aran Sherani, 19, appeared today in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court where they are facing a number of charges laid by a joint counter-terrorism team consisting of Victoria Police, the AFP and ASIO.
Both men were remanded in custody, and neither made an application for bail.
Ari Sherani appeared via videolink from the Melbourne Custody Centre wearing a white shirt, and sat with his arms crossed.
He is accused of attempting to engage in a terrorist act.
He spoke sparingly in the hearing, at first just acknowledging that he could hear the court.
His lawyer, Louis Dean, told the court that his client was vulnerable due to his age and “lack of criminal history”.
“It is Mr Ari Sherani’s first time in custody as well. He’s 20 years old,” Mr Dean said.
Magistrate Simon Zebrowski remanded him in custody and asked if he understood the proceedings.
“I understand, your honour,” Mr Sherani said.
“Thank you very much. You’re excused, sir. They can bring your brother in,” the magistrate said.
Aran Sherani, 19, also appeared by videolink from the same location and leaned forward to listen to the proceedings, resting his face on his hands.
He is facing four charges including intentionally being a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS – as well as attempting to engage in a terrorist act.
Federal police officers are also accusing him of intentionally causing injury and buying a knife in preparation for a terrorist act.
His lawyer Sarah Condon told the court that her client was also vulnerable.
“There are a number of custody management issues,” Ms Condon said.
“It’s his first time in custody. I just ask that your honour make a note of that.”
Both men will return to court in July.
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