Man charged over G20 cyber threat

DANIEL BACKHAUS

Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett speaks at a press conference at the South Bank Parklands in Brisbane, Australia on November 13 2014.

Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett speaks at an earlier press conference.

A 21-year-old Rockhampton man has been charged with using a carriage service to menace or harass a world leader at the G20 Summit.

Police will allege that the Park Avenue man made threats online to a world leader visiting Brisbane for the weekend summit. It is believed the target of the alleged threats was Barack Obama but police declined to provide confirmation.

It is unknown whether the man will be added to the prohibited or excluded persons list for the G20. The current list includes four prohibited and 11 excluded people, none of whom are allowed in the declared area.

While police cannot confirm whether the man has been added to either list, the prohibited and excluded persons tally remains unchanged.

After thorough investigation, police declared that the threats were “unsubstantiated” but the man will still face menace and harassment charges.

The man has been released from custody on bail and will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 4.

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