A Melbourne nurse accused of working with Islamic State in Syria is not a risk to Australians, police say, but has been remanded in custody until November.
Adam Brookman, 39, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday on two terror-related charges after he was arrested by Australian Federal Police waiting at Sydney Airport on Friday night.
The father of five was repatriated to Australia after he turned himself in to Turkish authorities last week.
Prosecutors asked deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic for extra time to gather their evidence because they are relying heavily on material from overseas.
“A lot of the information in this case will be sourced from overseas,” the police prosecutor told the court.
There may be telephone intercepts that need to be transcribed, the court heard.
Brookman is accused of knowingly providing support to IS by undertaking guard duty and reconnaissance between April 2010 and August 2014, court documents say.
It is alleged this support would help “prepare or foster” a terrorist act.
A second charge relates to undertaking the guard and reconnaissance duty with the intention of supporting the terrorist organisation.
Defence lawyer Rob Stary told reporters outside court the Australian Federal Police did not think Brookman posed a risk to anyone in Australia.
“The federal police have taken the view that Mr Brookman presents as no risk to any person in Australia and the safety of Australian citizens of course was their primary concern in helping to facilitate Mr Brookman’s repatriation,” Mr Stary said.
On Sunday, Australian Federal Police’s national manager for counter-terrorism Neil Gaughan said there was no evidence of a threat to Australia in this case.
Brookman did not apply for bail and was remanded to return to court on November 16.