Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP)

Media Statement: Discontinuance of conspiracy charge against Mr Harun Causevic

Date of Publication: 
25 August 2015
  • On 20 April 2015, police from the Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team charged Mr Harun Causevic with one count of conspiring to do an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, contrary to sections 11.5 and s.101.6 of the Criminal Code (Cth).
  • Following the service of a police brief of evidence, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) conducted an independent assessment of all available admissible evidence in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth, and formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to continue the prosecution of Mr Causevic for this offence. Accordingly when the matter was before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today, the CDPP discontinued the conspiracy charge brought against Mr Causevic.  He is no longer charged with any federal offence.
  • The CDPP has determined that there are reasonable prospects of conviction in relation to three summary offences against Mr Causevic contrary to section 5AA of the Controlled Weapons Act 1990 (Vic).
  • Because there is a continuing prosecution against Mr Sevdet Besim it is not appropriate for the CDPP to comment any further.

CDPP Media Contact: communications@cdpp.gov.au or 02 6206 5708