Oliver Bridgeman 'alive' in war-torn Aleppo

Oliver Bridgeman among the ruins of Aleppo after a Russian airstrike. Photo Contributed
Oliver Bridgeman among the ruins of Aleppo after a Russian airstrike. Photo Contributed Contributed

OLIVER Bridgeman's lawyer says his client is alive and well in Syria, despite him residing in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

Mr Bridgeman is believed to be living in Aleppo, a battleground in the Syrian civil war; the subject of bombing campaigns from Russia, and an offensive from the Syrian government.

Concerns were raised about the Toowoomba man's safety after a "blackout" on social media from the teenager who is normally active on Facebook.

His lawyer Alex Jones from Bosscher Lawyers said his client was still in contact with his parents.

He said going off social media was a planned event and as far as he was aware, nothing had happened to Mr Bridgeman and he was safe.

"But it's day by day over there," Mr Jones said.

The Australian Federal Police issued an arrest warrant for Mr Bridgeman in March this year.

He is suspected of committing offences against Australian laws prohibiting "incursions into foreign countries with the intention of engaging in hostile activities".

Mr Jones, a human rights and criminal lawyer, said if Mr Bridgeman wanted to return to Australia he would be detained.

The warrant means officers will have extra powers to intercept Mr Bridgeman and he can be flagged internationally as a wanted person.

His passport was cancelled in February due because, as papers delivers to his Toowoomba parents stated: "he would be likely to engage in conduct that might prejudice the security of Australia or a foreign country" and that its cancellation would "prevent him from engaging in the conduct".

He has consistently maintained that he is in the country for charitable purposes.

The teenager has featured in a number of social media posts and videos with prominent British Muslim activist Tauqir "Tox" Sharif in their work with charity group Live Updates from Syria.

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