Group planned to sail to Syria

ISIS bid is sunk

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An Aus­tralian fire­brand preacher de­ported from the Philip­pines and four other sus­pected ji­hadists have ap­peared in a north­ern Aus­tralian court charged with plan­ning to head for Syria in a 7m boat to fight for ISIS.

Philip­pine author­i­ties said Robert Ceran­to­nio, also known as Musa Ceran­to­nio, was de­ported in 2014 be­cause of his sus­pected links to terrorists based on YouTube videos al­legedly show­ing him ad­vo­cat­ing ji­had and urg­ing lo­cal Mus­lims to sup­port mil­i­tants in the Mid­dle East.

Yes­ter­day, the Cairns Mag­is­trates Court or­dered the ex­tra­di­tion of Ceran­to­nio and his four co-ac­cused from Queens­land state to their home­town of Mel­bourne to face a fed­eral charge out­law­ing Aus­tralian for­eign fight­ers. En­ter­ing or pre­par­ing to en­ter a for­eign coun­try to en­gage in hos­tile ac­tiv­ity is a crime in Aus­tralia pun­ish­able by life im­pris­on­ment.

Ceran­to­nio and co-ac­cused Shay­den Thorne, Kadir Kaya, An­to­nio Gre­nata and Paul Dacre have not en­tered pleas.

Po­lice al­lege that the de­fen­dants, aged 21 to 33, towed a half-cabin fiber­glass power boat with a car 3,100km from Mel­bourne to Laura in Aus­tralia’s trop­i­cal north be­fore they were ar­rested last Tues­day. Po­lice say they planned to travel by boat through In­done­sia to the Philip­pines. Po­lice have not spec­i­fied how they al­legedly planned to get from the Philip­pines to Syria. All had their pass­ports can­celled to pre­vent them leav­ing the coun­try.

Philip­pine author­i­ties said Ceran­to­nio was de­ported in 2014 for be­ing an “un­doc­u­mented for­eign na­tional” af­ter the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment can­celled his pass­port.

Philip­pine po­lice al­leged that Ceran­to­nio had called for ji­had on YouTube and lec­tured Filipino Mus­lims to sup­port ISIS.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials es­ti­mate 110 Aus­tralians are fight­ing for ISIS in the Mid­dle East.

3,100 The sus­pects al­legedly towed their boat 3,100km

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