At 8:30am this morning, “Jihad” Jack Thomas — whose terror conviction was recently quashed due to problems with evidence — was at the beach with his family when the Australian Federal Police served him with a control order, says his brother Les Thomas.
The AFP won’t confirm that Thomas was given an interim control order, although they will say that an Australian resident was served with one this morning.
The order was issued yesterday in the Federal Magistrates’ Court, says an AFP spokesman. It was requested by the AFP and enabled by the written consent of Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.
The issuing of the order indicates (in line with changes to the Criminal Code’s anti-terrorism provisions made in December last year) that the court was satisfied on the balance of probabilities that: “(i) that making the order would substantially assist in preventing a terrorist act; or (ii) that the person has provided training to, or received training from, a listed terrorist organisation;” and “that each of the obligations, prohibitions and restrictions to be imposed on the person by the order is reasonably necessary, and reasonably appropriate and adapted, for the purpose of protecting the public from a terrorist act.”
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The interim order will remain in place until it is confirmed, revoked or altered by the Court. This will be determined at a confirmation hearing, the date of which must be set by the Court.
“My brother is being persecuted,” said Les Thomas. “Jack was trying to recover from his ordeal by spending time on the beach with his wife and family when the AFP dropped this new bombshell. He has had to return home and has been told he must report to a police station daily.” “My brother spent months in maximum security, on the basis of an interview conducted after he’d been put through the mill in a Pakistani gaol,” says Thomas. “The court let him go free – but the AFP still won’t leave him alone.”