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Jihad in Australia: Five Islamic terrorists get 23 to 28 years jail term

Posted by jagoindia on February 15, 2010


Hefty jail terms for terrorism plotters
By Shane McLeod for PM

Five Sydney men jailed over terrorism plot Australia’s longest-running criminal trial ended in a specially-built courthouse in Sydney’s West on Monday, with five men sentenced to jail terms of up to 28 years.

In a televised hearing, Supreme Court judge Antony Whealy said their fundamentalist Islamic beliefs drove them to plot a terrorist attack on a large scale.

The actual target of their planning was never revealed in court.

Legal experts say the case shows anti-terrorism laws can lead to successful prosecutions, but they worry the long-term consequences of the tough laws could harm counter-terrorism efforts.

It took Justice Anthony Whealy more than three hours to read out his judgement in the case of the five men, who were found guilty by a jury last year of plotting a large scale terrorist attack.

Four of their co-conspirators had already pleaded guilty to being part of a plot.

Justice Whealy described the motivation for what he called a criminal enterprise.

“Each was driven by the concept that the world was, in essence, divided between those who adhered strictly and fundamentally to a rigid concept of the Muslim faith – indeed a medieval view of it – and those who did not,” he said.

“Secondly, each was driven by the conviction that Islam throughout the world was under attack, particularly at the hands of the United States and its allies – in this context Australia was plainly included.

“Thirdly, each offender was convinced that his obligation as a devout Muslim was to come to the defence of Islam and other Muslims overseas.

“Fourthly, it was the duty of each individual offender, indeed a religious obligation, to respond to the worldwide situation by preparing for violent Jihad in this country, here in Australia.”

Justice Whealy detailed the preparations the men had made for the terrorist act, gathering chemicals that could be used for bomb making, firearms, and Jihadist propaganda.

He referred to one video in particular that was viewed during the the trial where a masked Mudjahedeen spoke in English “with a very obvious Australian accent”, proclaiming, “you kill us, so you will be killed; you bomb us, so you will be bombed.”

“This is an overly simplistic, but reasonably accurate summation of the mindset of each of the offenders in this trial,” Justice Whealy added.

“It is the mindset, in my view, that prompted the entry of each man into the conspiracy, and no doubt motivated his actions in relation to the furtherance of the enterprise.”

And while the intended target was never revealed and plotting had in fact been interrupted by the men’s arrests, Justice Whealy says it was clear.

“An intolerant and inflexible fundamentalist religious conviction was the principal motivation for the commission of the offence,” he said.

“This is the most startling and intransigent feature of the crime.

“It sets it apart from other criminal enterprises, motivated by financial gain, by passion, by anger or revenge.”

Justice Whealy sentenced the five men to terms in jail from 21 up to 28 years, with long non-parole terms.

Each of them will have their sentence reduced by the years they have already spent in jail.

Justice Whealy noted, in handing down his sentence, that the men seemed to view the prospect of prison as a “test of their faith”.

“These men, while they undoubtedly face the prospect of many years in prison with a degree of trepidation and concern, do appear to wear their imprisonment like some kind of badge of honour,” he said.

“This is because they see it as a test of their faith, and a burden willingly to be borne as a duty arising from their fundamentalist religious conviction.”

Family lashes out

Outside the Parramatta court, the sister of one of the men read a poem for her brother, who was sentenced to 23 years in jail.

“They handcuffed your spirit, they stole your freedom, they locked you up for a crime you didn’t commit. They locked you up because you fit the perp’s descript,” she said.

And she lashed out over the prosecution.

“Which family in this world wouldn’t be surprised? Which family? Twenty-three years, that’s half of his life,” she said.

“That is half of his life. This is not fair. This is not fair to our community nor to our religion.

“My brother is innocent. Yes I am saying that he is innocent.”

When asked if her brother was plotting mass murder, the woman accused ASIO officials of being “extremists”.

“No he was not planning no mass murder, he was not planning any terrorist attacks,” she said.

“No plots and he’s not an extremist. The only form of extremists are the people like ASIO. They go deep.

“They go way deep into this. The whole case was extreme.”

Federal Police commissioner Tony Negus was not commenting on the sentences, but paid tribute to the investigators who put the case together.

“Certainly the investigation by both the New South Wales police, ASIO and ourselves has prevented a significant act of terrorism occurring in this country,” he said.

“And look, the sentence is a matter for the courts and we really don’t want to pass judgement on that.

“Obviously they are significant sentences and I’d applaud that from the courts.”

‘Effective and counter-productive’

Terrorism law expert Nicola McGarrity, from the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law at the University of New South Wales, says the prosecution shows the anti-terror laws result in convictions.

“On the one hand, this terrorism trial indicates that the terrorism offences are effective in taking people off the streets who were going to engage in terrorist acts,” she said.

“But on the other hand, these terrorism offences have severe human rights implications and can actually be counter-productive in the sense that already alienated communities within Australia often regard these terrorism laws as targeting them rather than being applied neutrally across the community.”

Outside the court today the lawyer acting for one of the convicted men indicated he was considering an appeal.

7 Responses to “Jihad in Australia: Five Islamic terrorists get 23 to 28 years jail term”

  1. Islam is at war against the modern national government. Israel and the U.S. are big targets, but yes, Australia is another target.

    We cannot end this by playing good defense.

  2. perceptor1 said

    The implacable and aggressive nature of political Islam’s goal of world dominance is highlighted by this case. This supremacist political ideology can only be satisfied when it has complete control over all countries. If such a plot can occur in Australia, it can and will occur everywhere else on the planet. The earth will soon be on fire if we do not find the way to put out the flames of these fanatics.

  3. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    Apropos to the two comments, the world is at war, not with poverty or hunger or material gains but with an “Ideology” that threatens the “Annihilation” because the peace of the “World” is already lost. The fanatics claim that “Islam” is the fastest growing “Religion”. But I have always maintained that “Islam” can not be accepted as a Religion with practices preached and propagated from the Altars of a religious institution like Mosque-Madarsa complex. Therefore neither it is a religious ideology nor it is a political philosophy. It has become a gang of mass killers and murderers in the name of pseudo-religion. People have criticised the Bible, the existence of Jesus, they have criticised the Hindu practices, and all the other religions. But the Islam can not tolerate its criticism in the least. Compare the paintings by the in-famous M F Hussain and the reactions after the Copenhagen Cartoons.

    That is why I now say that the WWIII is very imminent and will be fought for a different reason,
    so far enumerated e.g. “Women, Wealth and Land”. The domain of conflict wil be “Religion”, which we expect to unite the people, not divide, least to talk of initiating a fight.

    So far, I have been saying that all is fair in “Love, War, Business and Politics”. I think, now I shall need to add the word “Religion” also to my amended dictum.

    Well this is a queer world. There are always some surprises here.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  4. gaurav said

    muslims should change their version of quran and produce a new version which suits the ideology of 21st century.Otherwise they will be hated all over the world.They just act blindly without considering the basic rights of human beings(both men and women).Don’t consider the facts written by some fanatic with an ideology of bloodshed and warfare as the ultimate truth.If the muslims dont want islam to be hated,they must reform islam with help of broad minded islamic council.History held its facts,wherever moslems went persia,india,africa,egypt,spain,etc they exhibited brutality,cruelty,barbarism unknown to mankind.Those who were humble and not very shrewed were easily subjugated.
    Europeans should thank franks for saving them from this brutality.They survived since they counter attacked with similar brutality.Rest of muslim conquered areas went into a long period of tyranny,islamization,poverty,destruction of skills,moral vaues,art,culture,science,atronomy everything.How can development of society hapen under such harrowing torturous environment.That is what happened in India and other islamic countries which fell for islam.
    For the sake of mankind,reform islam!!
    Or
    Convert to some other religion.All religions(christianity,judaism,hinduism,buddhism,jainism,etc) are peaceful except islam.

  5. gaurav said

    Please refer following website for neutral introspect of islam in india
    http://dikgaj.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/how-islam-came-to-india-and-why-now-it-needs-to-go-from-india

    This blog states the fact straight out from islamic texts and books like cachnama.All muslim brothers would hav a real idea of who they are-
    preacher of islam or victim of islam

  6. Micheal said

    Unfortunatly the Islamic fanatics are trying to do the same to the modern world what was done to the ancient world. Luckily for us we do not have all of our knowledge centered in just spot the way the ancients did at the Library of Alexander. The fact that so much of our knowlege is so dispersed (in part due to the internet) gives us (a little)more time to figure out how to save ourselves from these religious fanatics than what the ancient world had. The 21st century will be dicisive in determing whether or not a new dark age will truly descend upon mankind.

  7. Infinity said

    Whilst almost all human beings on Earth are prone to be or has already been affected by indoctrinations of one form or another. Some indoctrinations were intended to achieve harmony in societies and some were designed to cause chaos, hatred and violence in the world. That’s just the nature of the human brain – easily brainwashed to do good or evil. And it is probably fair to say that the indoctrination of today’s Islamic jihadist, as they are taught to naive people in the world, is as harmful to humanity as that of Germany’s Nazi doctrine. The only difference is that the Nazi doctrine is relatively easy to eradicate. This one, will infect humanity on Earth for the whole of human existence on this planet, because afterall, who would dare so much as criticize a religious doctrine in today’s society, especially toward a religion as intolerant of criticism (constructive or not) as this one. It makes every communist look like a gentlman; at least they don’t go around searching out soft targets to kill defenseless women and children, because at least they still have a sense of self respect and morality in them. But these so-called jihadist do not behave like Homosapiens at all, because humans are born with a conscience, they don’t. The tragic thing is that they will continue to infect and degrade all the goodness of humanity into the future.

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