Aussie nurse on terrorism charges

SYDNEY • An Australian nurse has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after he voluntarily returned home from war-torn Syria.

The 39-year-old Melbourne father of five, named in local media as Islamic convert Adam Brookman, briefly faced a Melbourne court yesterday after surrendering to officials in Turkey on Tuesday, Australian Federal Police said.

Brookman, who arrived back in Australia on Friday night, was charged with one count of knowingly providing support to a terrorist organisation, which carries a maximum jail term of 25 years.

He faces up to 10 years in prison for a second charge of performing services with the intention of supporting a person, or persons, to engage in a hostile activity in a foreign state.

"Matters such as this ultimately concern community safety, and we make no apology in taking action against people who may bring a radicalised ideology, and potentially other skills, back to Australia," Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, national manager for counter-terrorism with the federal police, said in a statement.

Brookman did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody for a hearing today.

He told Fairfax Media in an interview last week that he had undertaken humanitarian work in Syria and was forced to join the militant group after being injured and sent to ISIS-controlled territory.

Brookman added that he eventually fled the militants and had been hiding out in Turkey and wanting to return home.

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