Suspected teen terrorist appears in Australian court
11 May 2015, 09:15
Melbourne - A 17-year-old boy arrested last
week when police allegedly found three homemade bombs in his family home in
Australia's second-largest city appeared in a children's court on Monday
charged with terrorism offenses.
The boy, who as a juvenile suspect cannot
be publicly identified, was remanded in custody after a brief court appearance
in a Melbourne Children's Court during which he was charged with planning a
terrorist act somewhere in Victoria state and with possessing items connected
with a terrorist act.
He faces a potential sentence of life in
prison if convicted.
The boy did not enter a plea and did not
apply for bail. He will appear next on May 26.
The boy sat in the dock flanked by police
during the hearing. None of the boy's family appeared to be in the courtroom.
The son of a Syrian-born doctor was
arrested on Friday outside his home in the Melbourne suburb of Glenvale in a
police counterterrorism operation. Police bomb squad destroyed three explosive
devises found in the house.
Police have said an attack was imminent,
but have not said where or when the suspect planned to detonate the bombs.