Belgian national removed over abhorrent material

A Belgian man who arrived at Brisbane International Airport on 4 December 2018 has been removed from Australia after abhorrent material was located on his mobile phone.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on board a flight from Dubai holding a tourist visa.

During the examination, child exploitation material was located on the man’s mobile phone, and further images were located on his laptop computer, deemed to contravene the Customs Prohibited Import Regulations.

Officers seized his phone and computer, and subsequently cancelled his visa.

The man was detained and transferred to the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation until his removal from Australia on December 5.

ABF Regional Commander for Queensland, Terry Price, said ABF officers were committed to preventing the importation of this kind of abhorrent material across our borders.

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“Visitors to Australia need to be aware that we are constantly on the lookout for people who possess this sort of terrible imagery involving child exploitation which we are continuing to locate,” Regional Commander Price said.

“Content depicting extreme sexual deviancy and acts of horrific violence are not acceptable in our community and anyone caught engaging in this behaviour risks forfeiting their right to be here.

“Our officers do an excellent job every day to protect the community from this type of harm,” Regional Commander Price said.

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