‘HE REALLY CHANGED BEHAVIOR’: Father of Man Arrested in Counterterrorism Raids Said His Son’s Behavior Improved After Visiting Islamic Centre


His behavior changed alright, from an angry teenager to a polite terrorist.

An 18-year-old man arrested as part of a counterterrorism operation on Saturday changed for the better after attending the Al Furqan Islamic study centre in South Dandenong, the man’s father says.

Harun Causevic was one of five men arrested in the anti-terror raids, who were allegedly involved in plotting an attack on police involving edged weapons in Melbourne during Anzac Day activities.

Sevdet Besim, 18, of Hallam, was also arrested and remanded in custody after being charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

One man will be charged with weapons offences and two others have been released without charge.

Police entered into Causevic’s home at 3:30am on Saturday morning and stayed there for more than 12 hours, seizing a knife, phones and a USB from the accused man’s bedroom.

His father, Vehid Causevic, said the family was traumatised when police broke into their home in the early morning hours.

He said he had a gun held to his head and was forced to lie on the floor for 30 minutes.

Mr Causevic said police told him: “One more word I kill you. Doesn’t matter for your kids.”

“My wife she starts screaming. Police call ambulance to come and help her,” Mr Causevic said.

“I notice everything in the house is broken, the door, everything.”

Mr Causevic said his son was interviewed by the authorities after the police shooting of Abdul Numan Haidar in September last year.

Haidar attended the Al Furqan Islamic study centre and Harun Causevic started going there in July last year.

Mr Causevic said the changes in his son were all positive.

Read more: abc.net.au

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