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Failed case against Australian who planned to fight against IS 'could encourage others'

Nicola McGarrity speaks to ABC's 7.30 (10 February 2016) regarding the Government's decision to drop the case against the first Australian to be charged with attempting to fight against the Islamic State (IS) and the possible implications for other Australians who've fought against IS. 

"We simply do not know why the Commonwealth Attorney-General has made the decision that he's made in this particular instance. Was it that the case against Jamie Williams wasn't strong? Was it a lack of political will? Or was it something else entirely? And ultimately that decision is one of political will - who we regard as being someone who is a terrorist versus who we regard as someone who is merely a freedom fighter.

"I think the strong implication is that they probably will not be prosecuted. Even in relation to Jamie Williams, it's appeared to be something of an afterthought to prosecute him. And now what we've seen, six months after that, is that the prosecution's been dropped altogether. I think that the strong implication is that prosecutions will not be commenced, charges will not be laid against both Dyball and Gardiner."

Watch the full interview here.