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Aussie ISIS suspect arrested on return

A 30-year-old Sydney man alleged to be an Islamic State recruit has been arrested upon his return to Australia.

Mohamed Zuhbi arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Turkey about 4pm on Saturday and was taken into custody by counterterrorism authorities at the airport.

Zuhbi travelled from Sydney to Turkey in 2013 and then allegedly on to Syria, where he recruited and helped foreign fighters travel to the area.

He has been charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, engaging in hostile activity overseas, supporting another person to engage in hostile activity overseas and entering a banned jurisdiction.

A masked Zuhbi appeared via video link before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Sunday morning, with his case to return to the same court on May 21.

An extradition hearing to NSW will be heard on that date.

“We have a responsibility to prevent our citizens from contributing to violence and instability overseas,” Australian Federal Police’Commander Stephen Dametto said in a statement.

“Our laws are aimed at discouraging Australians from fighting in overseas conflicts and endangering their lives.”

Zuhbi is also wanted by US law authorities for multiple offences including conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.

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