The man was stopped at Tullamarine airport by security on November 15th, carrying extremist material on his phone and a supply of chemical mace, News Corp reports. A suspected French extremist has been arrested at Melbourne Airport trying to enter the country, just days after the Paris terror attacks.
He had flown in from Abu Dhabi and was detained by the Australian Border Force after an anomaly on his passport alerted authorities to his presence.
“The man was detained by ABF counter-terrorism unit team officers as a result of an assessment of advance passenger processing information which revealed an anomaly with his electronic travel authority,” an Australian Border Force spokesperson said.
“The man was issued with an infringement notice and then detained at the Maribyrnong Detention Centre until his removal from Australia the next day.”
The Paris attacks have spurred a series of new policy measures to tighten the screening regime against EU nationals.
Security will be increased for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and at the Australian Open next year.