London-based daily The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald are confirming that the Australian police have detained without charges an undisclosed number of suspects, but are repeatedly refusing to disclose further information. In Australia, it is possible to detain suspects without charges for up to 14 days under the authority of emergency anti-terrorism legislation that is set to expire next year.
However, next week will likely see a vote on a government-sponsored bill that has opposition support and which will expand the extraordinary arrest powers for ten more years. The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is pushing for this legislation, took the opportunity on Friday (19) to criticize a small demonstration against the raids and terror laws that had happened the day before.
- Paul Farrell. Terrorism suspects in detention: police won’t say how many are being held. 2014-09-19 The Guardian
- Bridie Jabour. Terrorism raids: beheading attack could have taken place within days, says Tony Abbott says. 2014-09-19 The Guardian
- David Wroe. Australian terrorism suspects held under powers introduced by Howard government. 2014-09-19 The Sydney Morning Herald