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Chief Superintendent Prudencio Tom Banas said that Cerantonio and a Filipino woman were arrested in their rented apartment in Cebu province's Lapu-Lapu city. Police and immigration agents raided the apartment on the basis of a deportation warrant calling Cerantonio a
Chief Superintendent Prudencio Tom Banas said that Cerantonio and a Filipino woman were arrested in their rented apartment in Cebu province's Lapu-Lapu city. Police and immigration agents raided the apartment on the basis of a deportation warrant calling Cerantonio a "person of interest to the intelligence community." AP Photo

Five men charged with terrorism offenses after boat plan

FIVE Melbourne men have been charged with terrorism offences over an alleged plan to travel to Indonesia by boat and join the fighting in Syria.

Islamic preacher Musa Cerantonio, Shayden Thorne, Kadir Kaya and two others were charged with preparing to enter a foreign country on Tuesday to engage in hostile activities.

They face a maximum penalty of life in prison if found guilty.

The men, aged between 21 and 33 years old, were arrested after they allegedly towed a 7-metre fishing boat from Melbourne towards Cape York.

The group are due to face a Cairns court on Monday where prosecutors are expected to apply for their extradition to Melbourne.

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