Police have arrested two men in relation to the murder of Curtis Cheng at Parramatta on Friday 2 October.
Police have arrested two men in relation to the murder of Curtis Cheng at Parramatta on Friday 2 October.

Two men to face court in relation to Parramatta shooting

UPDATE: Police have charged two men in relation to the murder of Curtis Cheng at Parramatta on Friday 2 October 2015.

About 10.45am on Thursday, police attached to the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, along with investigators from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team Sydney, arrested a 22-year-old man at Merrylands West.

The man has now been charged with Supply Firearm, Breach of a Firearms Prohibition Order and Hinder Police.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court on Friday.

Meanwhile an 18-year-old Wentworthville man has been charged with Aid, Abet, Counsel and Procure the Commission of a Terrorist Act  and has also been refused bail.

He will appear at the Central Local Court on Friday.

The 18-year-old was originally arrested last week after counter terrorism raids in Sydney, and has remained in custody under specified time provisions. He was also arrested today.

Two men arrested in relation to Curtis Cheng murder

Police have arrested two men in relation to the murder of Curtis Cheng at Parramatta on Friday 2 October.At 10.45 this morning police attached to the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad along with investigators from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team Sydney arrested a 22-year-old Merrylands at Merrylands West.The 22-year-old is being interviewed and is expected to be charged with Supply Firearm, Breach of a Firearms Prohibition Order and Hinder Police.We will be seeking to have bail refused and to put the 22-year-old before the court.The second man, an 18-year-old Wentworthville man, who was arrested on Wednesday 7 October, and has remained in custody under specified time provisions, outlined in Section 23DD of the Commonwealth Crimes Act 1914, has also been arrested today and is in the process of being charged.He will be charged at Surry Hills Police Station with Aid, Abet, Counsel and Procure the Commission of a Terrorist Act (S101.1 by virtue of S 11.2 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995).We will be seeking to have bail refused and to put the 18-year-old before the court.NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said today’s significant developments are but just one step in the investigative process.“These charges represent an exhaustive investigation which has not concluded but in many ways, has just commenced.”“I want to acknowledge and thank the Sydney Joint Counter Terrorism Team for their dedication, professionalism and meticulous work around the clock.”“I want to praise them for their efforts to date,” Commissioner Scipione said.AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said this outcome demonstrates the complex nature of collecting evidence in terrorism matters.“I have said repeatedly our first priority is the safety of the community and today the laying of charges against these two men should reassure the community, that where there is evidence of criminal offending, we will find it and act,” Commissioner Colvin said.“Today is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by our officers whose professionalism and courage should be commended.“There is much work still to be done and the ongoing security and safety of the Australian community depends on the vigilance of us all. “A number of investigations remain ongoing including the inquiries being conducted by the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police, as well as the Critical Incident Investigation being conducted by the State Crime Command Homicide Squad.This recognised that terrorism investigations can be complex and that there may be legitimate reasons for extended periods of detention for suspects in such matters.A significant investigation remains ongoing in relation to those with alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of Curtis Cheng.This operation is another example of effective cooperation between Australia’s law enforcement and security agencies.Members of the community are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

EARLIER: A 22-year-old Sydney man is being interviewed by police and is expected to be charged with supplying the gun used by a teenager to kill a police accountant in Parramatta..

Curtis Cheng, 58, was leaving the police headquarters when 15-year-old Farhad Jabar opened fire and killed him almost two weeks ago. Jabar was killed in the police response.

Talal Alameddine, 22 is expected to be charged this afternoon with Supply Firearm, Breach of Firearms Prohibition Order and Hinder Police. Police will seek to have his bail refused and to put Alameddine before the court.

Meanwhile another man Raban Alou, 18, will be charged with Aid Abet, Counsel and Procure the Comission of a Terrorist Act.

The Wentworthville teenager was arrested last week during counter terrorism raids that followed the fatal shooting.

He has remained in custody under specified time provisions but was again arrested today.

Police will also seek to have his bail refused.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said today's significant developments are but just one step in the investigative process.

"These charges represent an exhaustive investigation which has not concluded but in many ways, has just commenced," he said.

Curtis Cheng, 58, was planning to retire next year to spend more time with his family.
Curtis Cheng, 58, was planning to retire next year to spend more time with his family. SUPPLIED

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said this outcome demonstrates the complex nature of collecting evidence in terrorism matters.

"I have said repeatedly our first priority is the safety of the community and today the laying of charges against these two men should reassure the community, that where there is evidence of criminal offending, we will find it and act," Commissioner Colvin said.

"Today is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by our officers whose professionalism and courage should be commended.

"There is much work still to be done and the ongoing security and safety of the Australian community depends on the vigilance of us all. "



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