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Australia Files Terrorism Charges Against Alleged Right-Wing Extremist

Australian authorities have charged an alleged right-wing extremist with terrorism, the first time the country's terrorism laws have been applied in such a case.

Phillip Michael Galea, 31, was charged on August 7 with preparing and collecting documents to facilitate terrorist attacks. Galea is expected to appear in court on August 9.

He was arrested in Melbourne on August 6 in a counterterrorism operation, but police have not revealed the alleged target of any planned attacks.

He claims the charges against him are "a conspiracy against the patriot movement."

Galea has been linked to several anti-Muslim groups, including the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia. Reclaim Australia has said it has no links to Galea and that is has "always denounced violence."

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and Reuters