AFP raid on home after string of emails to politicians

Glenn Dirix's home was raided by the  AFP after he sent emails to politicians.
Glenn Dirix's home was raided by the AFP after he sent emails to politicians.

A BATTERY HILL man whose home was raided by at least 12 federal police yesterday denies he is a terrorist or has links to outlaw bikies.

Glenn Dirix admitted he regularly sent confronting emails to federal and state MPs, including one where he apparently wrote "I wish (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard was dead", but he said he did not believe he was a security threat.

He said yesterday's raid was "way, way beyond anyone's belief".

"My wife was scared out of her wits," he said.

Mr Dirix considers himself a blogger who merely makes comments about Australian politics. He sends the emails using his own name to the public email accounts of the politicians.

He said among the emails, for example, were pictures of politicians with clown hats on, a picture that described Treasurer Wayne Swan as an "economics illiterate", and a picture of Ms Gillard and Mr Swan in a parody of Custer's last stand, a commentary on the 2013 federal election.

Mr Dirix, who runs a mowing business, said the federal police officers knocked on his front door yesterday around 10am, then they entered and confiscated his wife Sheryl's computer.

He was charged with seven counts of using a carriage service to "menace, harass or cause offence" and one charge of assaulting police.

He believes the AFP seizures relate to 79 emails, sent by him to various political leaders between June and December.

He was also required to visit Caloundra Police Station to surrender his passport and is expected to be fingerprinted shortly.

It's not the first time Mr Dirix's home has been visited by high level government security personnel.

The Daily reported in May 2010 that Security Intelligence Branch detectives visited in relation to two

Photoshopped images - including one of then Premier Anna Bligh - sent to politicians.

He has been ordered to report to Caloundra Police Station three times each week until he faces Maroochydore Court on January 10.

He is seeking a solicitor.

Topics:  afp freedom of speech police politics raids terrorism

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