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Alleged Australian jihadist supporter deported, not charged: Police

Published on Jul 23, 2014 2:30 PM
 
Philippine Immigration officers escort Robert Edward Cerantonio (in white hood), also known as Musa Cerantonio, an Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join "jihad" in Iraq and Syria, in Manila on July 11, 2014. Cerantonio was deported to his homeland on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, but police said he would not be charged. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian convert to Islam arrested in the Philippines for allegedly urging people to join "jihad" in Iraq and Syria was deported to his homeland on Wednesday, but police said he would not be charged.

Musa Cerantonio, 29, was detained in the central city of Cebu on Friday and sent back to Australia where he was met by police.

"Mr Cerantonio's known social media postings are considered offensive and disturbing, however, have been assessed as not breaching Australian law to this point," Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement.

"The AFP will continue to monitor and assess this material for any breaches of Australian law into the future." Philippines officials have said Cerantonio was arrested at the request of the Australian government and was deported because Canberra cancelled his passport, making him an illegal alien.

 
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