Conflicting stories about terror suspect
Wissam Fattal (left) in a kickboxing match in 2004.
In court on Wednesday,Â Wissam Mahmoud FattalÂ appeared to take the lead of co-accused Nayef El Sayed, who had also refused to stand in court, saying that he would stand for no man, only God.
Fattal has been charged with conspiring to do acts in preparation for a terrorism act on the Holsworthy army base. Â Also facing terrorism charges are El Sayed, Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, Saney Edow Aweys and Yacqub Khayre. More from The Age
Thursday Night Bleeding Hearts Story:
THE man who raised one of the alleged terrorist plotters claims he warned authorities the troubled youth could turn to terrorism because social workers kept him from his family.
Ibrahim Khayre, who brought his nephew Yacqub from Somalia as a toddler, weptÂ as he looked at photos of the boy growing up.
Mr Khayre said the boy he raised as his son fell in with a bad crowd, dropped out of Gladstone Park Secondary College at 17 and left home.
“Then came year 11, year 12. That’s the time he met these bad people.”
“He was just a normal kid but as he matured he became a rebel.
“He was good at school. He was excellent,” he said.
The distraught uncle said Yacqub was faultless as a younger child.
Mr Khayre said Yacqub would not have had a Somali passport and should not have been permitted by Australian authorities to return to the country of his birth.
“He told me: ‘Uncle, you brought me up. I consider you as a father’.”
Mr Khayre said he sponsored Yacqub’s parents to Australia about five years ago, but Yacqub still regarded him as his main parent.
* Jihadist by Social Workers? Â Well, in this case F*kc the Social Workers!
But he said authorities, including police and court social workers, stymied his attempts to reach out to Yacqub.
Muslims Go Apeshit Over Possible Backlash!
Here is yet another story that follows the now-familiar pattern: a Westernized, secular Muslim becomes more religious, joins a prayer group, and ends up being caught up in terrorist activity. Yet despite the recurrence of this pattern, we are simultaneously commanded, on pain of being branded a “bigot” and a “racist,” to adopt unquestioningly the dogma that those who commit violence in the name of Islam are twisting and hijacking the religion. The implications of the fact that the “hijackers” seem always to claim that they represent true and authentic Islam, and to be operating out of mosques, seem to escape all the learned analysts.
SOMALI terror suspects Saney Edow Aweys, Yacqub Khayre and Abdirahman Ahmed began attending the controversial 8 Blacks prayer centre in North Melbourne this year, only a few months before they were charged with plotting a terrorist attack.Police and intelligence agencies have long regarded the old snooker hall turned makeshift mosque, nestled behind a 7-Eleven store on Boundary Road, as a key hub in the militant islamist net-work.
Agencies had placed the hall under surveillance.
All three accused had previously prayed at another Melbourne mosque — the name of which is suppressed — before moving to 8 Blacks, where they took religious instruction in the same small “reading group” throughout this year. Read the whole thing>>>
Mr Khayre said when police called him looking for Yacqub, he said for all he knew he could have fallen in with violent extremists.
“I told them: ‘I don’t know where he is. You don’t know where he is. You have probably handed him over to terrorists’,” he said.
Mr Khayre, who shared photos of his nephew with theÂ Herald Sun, said he made the comment because he heard the family of one of the London terrorist bombers battled with social workers to see their son.
“I said: ‘You tied our hands behind our back. You took control from us.’ He was stolen from us by the government basically.
“They treated us like undesirables. Like this kid has to be out of the house.”
A court was told this week Yacqub Khayre left Australia for Somalia this year to attend a front-line camp where weapons and military training might have occurred.
He has been charged with conspiring to prepare an armed attack on Holsworthy army base in Sydney.
Ibrahim Khayre blamed social workers for driving his nephew away from his home.
“The Government don’t let us parents look after our kids. They told us leave him alone. He is free. They’ve given him a Housing Commission place or something like that,” Mr Khayre said.
“I blame the Government itself. He left home when he was year 12, as any normal kid will do. He became a big rebel.
“And then there was the social workers who would say to the parent, you couldn’t see (him). Even at the police station they told me, ‘He doesn’t want to see you. Just leave him alone’.
“But as a parent your duty of care is to keep him out of the wrong hands. You don’t want your kid to be influenced by twisted minds.
“I said to the police: ‘This is my kid. If you’re going to take the duty of care out of our hands, who will be responsible for this guy? You’re going to leave him in the cold.’
“That’s what they did, basically. We had no chance to discipline our kid.”
Ibrahim Khayre brought his father, mother and seven nieces and nephews – including Yacqub – to Australia from Somalia via Kenya as refugees.
In Somalia, Yacqub had been raised largely by his grandparents as his parents worked in various countries, including Saudi Arabia.
“Yacqub was disturbed when grandpa died,” Mr Khayre said.
“Before then he was a very nice man, because the elder man was at home.”
Mr Khayre said the family now feared attacks by rednecks and being linked to a terrorist network. “We are good citizens. This country – we know no place better than here. We are not the enemy of the state,” he said.