NSW 'gun supply group' to apply for bail

Luke Costin

Two alleged gun suppliers arrested in a counter-terrorism investigation will bide their time in custody before applying for bail in two weeks' time.

The pair and a third man arrested on Friday in co-ordinated raids across Sydney were not required when their cases were briefly mentioned in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

East Hills man Hassan Darwiche and Condell Park man Nassreldine Cheikh will seek bail on July 6 and 7, lawyer Ahmed Dib told the court.

"Our system is built on the presumption of innocence - you're innocent until guilty," Mr Dib said outside court.

Darwiche, Cheikh and Bankstown man Jehad Warideh were arrested by heavily armed police on Friday after an investigation by police and intelligence organisations allegedly uncovered a group with possible access to illegal guns and members with suspected extremist ideology.

Over the five-month investigation, 11 firearms were seized, including a Taurus 9mm pistol and a semi-automatic .22 calibre rifle with a silencer.

Another three weapons, including an MK5 assault rifle, were seized during Friday's raids.

Darwiche, 26, was charged with 23 offences including eight counts of offering to supply a prohibited firearm to an unauthorised person.

Cheikh, 30, faces six charges, including three counts of offering to supply a pistol to a person unauthorised to possess one.

Hit with 44 charges overnight, Warideh did not apply for bail.

The 29-year-old, arrested at a shopping centre on Friday by tactical police, is accused of offering to supply unauthorised people with a pistol 18 times and doing the same with prohibited firearms 17 times.

All three are charged with participating in a criminal group and ammunition supply offences but not terrorism charges.

Police say there was no evidence of any plan to mount a terrorist attack.

The investigation began in January following reports of a person with "extremist sympathies" supplying firearms while allegedly "aligned to the Islamic State ideology", Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee said on Friday.

"There's no evidence (the man involved wanted to join ISIS) ... but certainly the evidence is that he's supportive of ISIS and was looking to provide funds to Islamic State if possible," Mr Lee said.

The case is due to be mentioned in Bankstown Local Court on August 6.