Vic terror accused could have detention extended

Melbourne, AAP – An 18-year-old Melbourne man arrested during terror raids remains in police custody, held without charge on an interim preventative detention order (PDO).

He is one of five men arrested in early morning raids on Saturday as part of a joint-agency operation to stop a terrorist attack coinciding with Anzac Day events in Melbourne.

Victoria’s Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said the PDO matter will go to court on Tuesday, and if the teen had not been charged, police will seek to extend the order.

‘The investigation continues and will continue. The raids Saturday morning were one continuing point of that counter-terrorism investigation,’ he said on Monday.

The only man charged over the alleged plot to harm police or others at events linked to Anzac Day, Sevdet Besim, 18, from Hallam, will appear again on Friday.

Two Narre Warren men, aged 18 and 19, were released pending further inquiries, while another 18-year-old from Narre Warren was released but will be charged on summons with weapons offences.

A 14-year-old in the UK has also been arrested by police in relation to a planned terror attack in Australia.

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