Control order breach accused faces court

Liz Hobday
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A Victorian terrorist jailed over a plot to overthrow the Philippines government, has been charged with breaching an order controlling the use of his mobile phone.

Murat Kaya, one of the so-called "tinnie terrorists", was sentenced last year after his associates were caught taking a 7.5m boat toward Cape York in May 2016.

They intended to sail to the Philippines and overthrow its government.

When Kaya was released from jail he was placed under a control order that banned him from travelling overseas and using social media.

The order also placed conditions on the use of his mobile phone.

Kaya is now accused of breaching that order just two months before it was due to expire.

It's alleged he let other people use his mobile phone and used his phone on speaker with other people present.

The court heard some of the phone conversations that are the subject of the charges involved discussing cars, a family trip to Barwon Heads and a fishing expedition.

Agents from the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested Kaya, 29, at his Melbourne home at 5.30am on Monday.

Kaya is facing five counts of contravening a control order.

Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that he must not be granted bail unless he can prove there are exceptional circumstances.

Kaya will return to court on Friday.