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In other news:
The MEMRI Blog notes that several Arab media sources are reporting a failed military coup attempt in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar.
It seems that it isn’t just the accused men who are in the dock as a result of the terror raids this morning in Melbourne. Also in the dock is The Australian, our national broadsheet owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited.
The Oz isÂ accused by one defence barrister of …
… running the Australian Federal Police’s line.
“It is highly prejudicial,” he said.
“We can expect politicians and police commissioners to do likewise later this morning.
“They need to be very careful in what they say – tainting the atmosphere as they did when they arrested my client and his co-accused in late 2005.
He said the newspaper’s role was “extraordinary” and raised serious questions about police conduct.
“They appear to have been given advance notice of the AFP raids, something (which) is clearly unethical conduct on the part of police authorities.”
On the other hand,Â Victorian Police Commissioner Simon Overland also didn’t have nice things to say about the paper.
Tim Blair reports:
Police this morning arrested four suspected Islamic extremists who they believe were plotting to kill soldiers in a suicide attack on an Australian army base.
Cops swooped about 4.30am, executing 19 warrants on homes in the Melbourne suburbs of Glenroy, Carlton, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Westmeadows, Preston, Epping and Colac.
TheÂ four men are of Somali and Lebanese background. All holdÂ Australian citizenship. They are said to be followers of Islamist terror organisationÂ al-Shabaab, about whomÂ warnings have previously been issued:
Somali Community in Victoria spokesman Abdurahman Osman says he’s been warning about the rise of terror groups in Australia for years.
He told Radio 3AW this morning that he had raised the prospect of a terror attack in Australia at least 10 times over the past three years on community radio broadcasts, because of the activities of al-Shabaab around the world.
One of the four arrested men has now beenÂ charged with terrorism offences.