Sydney: Two men – Khaled Khayat, 49, from Lakemba and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, from Punchbowl – have each been charged with Sydney Terror Plot in Parramatta Court on Friday.
The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT), earlier on Thursday evening (3 August) announced that the two men have been charged with terrorism offences.
On Saturday, 29 July, four men were arrested following raids on allegations regarding a terrorist attack. Three days later, on 1 August, Abdul Merhi (50), was released without charge.
Another man arrested, along with the two charged with terrorism offences, remains in police custody under ‘specified time’ provisions outlined in Section 23DD of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth). This legislation recognises that terrorism investigations are inherently complex and that there can be legitimate reasons for extended periods of detention for suspects in such matters.
Police have conducted six premises searches across Sydney this week, including in the suburbs of Lakemba, Punchbowl (two locations), Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Bankstown.
This investigation remains ongoing.
Police have urged members of the community to report any suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.