Melbourne man arrested for allegedly making death threats to senator

A Melbourne man has been taken into police custody after allegedly making “death threats against an Australian” senator on social media.

The 27-year-old man from Brunswick West was arrested at his home this morning by federal police and charged with using a carriage service to threaten killing and using a carriage service to threaten, harass or insult.

He is due to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tonight.

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Police seized the man’s laptop. (iStock/Getty)

Police allege he made “serious online threats, including death threats, against a member of the Australian Senate this month and last month.

His laptop and desktop computer were seized by the police.

The charges against him include 10 years in prison.

AFP acting commander Anita van Hilst said there is no tolerance for politicians being threatened online.

“This arrest should send a strong signal that the AFP and its partners are working tirelessly to identify and prosecute anyone who breaks the law by harassing, threatening or threatening politicians, including those who work alongside them,” she said. .

“The AFP supports political expression and freedom of expression, but if it leads to criminal behavior, including threats and intimidation, even online, it will not be tolerated.”

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