SYDNEY - Australian police on Tuesday dropped a terrorism related charge against a teenage boy who was accused of planning an Islamic State inspired attack at a national remembrance day parade.
Australian Federal Police formally withdrew the charge against 18-year-old Harun Causevic of conspiring to commit an act of terror and released him on bail.A second teenager, Sevdet Besim, who was arrested on the same charge, was remanded in custody to appear at a two-day committal hearing in December.
Causevic and Besim were arrested in April during police raids just days before Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) day, the anniversary of the two countries' first major World War One campaign that now commemorates all fallen soldiers.
The alleged plan to attack police at the Melbourne ANZAC day parade was uncovered by police in Britain who found messages on the phone of a 15-year-old British boy to a man in Australia.
That sparked an Australian police operation that resulted in the arrest of several teenagers. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used the case as an example of the threat posed by radicalised youth in Australia.
Police gave no formal reason for dropping the terror charge against Causevic, who pleaded guilty to three other charges on Tuesday in relation to knives and a knuckle duster found in his possession.