FIVE Muslim men planned an armed terrorist attack on a Sydney army base to further the cause of Islam by killing as many people as possible

By Norrie Ross/Herald Sun / thanks to Mullah

FIVE Muslim men planned an armed terrorist attack on a Sydney army base to further the cause of Islam by killing as many people as possible, a Supreme Court jury heard today.

They wanted to further the cause of Islam, but hey,  nothing to see here, look away: “The Islamic faith is not on trial,” Justice King said. “It isn’t about being a Muslim.”

Prosecutor Nick Robinson SC said the men took a number of steps in preparation for the attack, including sending one of their number to Somalia to obtain a fatwa or religious decree to permit the plan to go ahead.

Mr Robinson said members of the group used the code “the man who has gone to Perth” when talking about Yacqub Khayre’s trip in search of a fatwa.

The plan was that five or six men armed with high powered weapons would enter the Holsworthy Army Base and fire at and kill as many people as possible before they were either killed or overwhelmed.

They planned to use weapons that could fire at least 60 bullets.

On trial are Saney Edow Aweys, 26, Mr Khayre, 22, Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, 25, and Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 33,and Nayef El Sayed, 25.

They have all pleaded not guilty to conspiring with each other and persons unknown between February 1 and August 4 last year to do acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act or acts.

Mr Robinson said the men believed Islam was under attack from the West and that Australians and the Australian Government were oppressing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan.

They were also upset that another man had been convicted of terrorist acts in this country.

“The Crown case was that this was to advance the cause of Islam,” he said.

Opening the Crown case, Mr Robinson said Mr Fattal left his home in Lakemba in NSW and visited the Holsworthy base to assess its suitability for carrying out the terrorist shootings.

Mr Khayre texted him the address of the base from a public phone in High St , Preston in Victoria.

Mr Robinson said the men needed to obtain the fatwa from Somalia because they could not find an Australian-based sheik to issue one.

As they were planning the attack members of the group exchanged texts and messages and had conversations, some of which were secretly recorded and would be played in court.

Before the trial commenced, Justice Betty King warned the jury that the trial was about the alleged commission of a criminal offence, not about Islam.

“The Islamic faith is not on trial,” Justice King said. “It isn’t about being a Muslim.”

The trial is continuing.

10 thoughts on “FIVE Muslim men planned an armed terrorist attack on a Sydney army base to further the cause of Islam by killing as many people as possible”

  1. Groundhog Day:

    * Yacqub Khayre, by the book…

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/06/2648358.htm
    Family rocked by nephew’s terrorism charge

    [Yacqub Khayre’s uncle says he is shocked at the claims against his nephew and his alleged links to the Somali terror group al-Shabaab. ]

    [Mr Khayre says his nephew was a smart kid, who had never had trouble with the law. ]

    [Abdi Hakim Farah played soccer with one of the accused, but the group’s alleged links to al-Shabaab have horrified him.

    “We don’t know al-Shabaab. We are not member of al-Shabaab. We don’t know who they are. We don’t care. We don’t like them,” he said. ]

  2. Groundhog Day:

    * Yacqub Khayre, by the book…

    [ABC] Family rocked by nephew’s terrorism charge

    [Yacqub Khayre’s uncle says he is shocked at the claims against his nephew and his alleged links to the Somali terror group al-Shabaab. ]

    [Mr Khayre says his nephew was a smart kid, who had never had trouble with the law. ]

    [Abdi Hakim Farah played soccer with one of the accused, but the group’s alleged links to al-Shabaab have horrified him.

    “We don’t know al-Shabaab. We are not member of al-Shabaab. We don’t know who they are. We don’t care. We don’t like them,” he said. ]

  3. Groundhog Day – suspects were “new to mosque” (a variant on the “we didn’t know them well” line of BS)

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/somali-terror-suspects-new-to-mosque/story-e6frg6nf-1225758406153

    [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.]

    * But islam is not on trial.

  4. Groundhog Day – Somalis are all “shocked”… not to mention the fear of a backlash.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/04/2645762.htm

    Terrorism plot: suspects in court
    Posted Tue Aug 4, 2009 2:39pm AEST

    [Call for calm

    Some of those arrested have a Somalian background and Islamic groups are urging people not to seek retaliation against Melbourne’s African community. Shereen Hassan, vice-president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, says Muslims have been shocked by the raids and are calling for calm amid fears of a backlash.

    “There are fears that there will be a backlash against the Muslim community and the Somali community,” she said.]

    [Mohamed Baaruud from the Somalia Advocacy Action Group says the community cannot believe some Somali Australians have been implicated.

    “We are all shocked,” he said.

    “This is the last thing we were expecting.]

    * We all know that organ grinder routine off by heart.

  5. The Western world id blundering along as it has willfully blinded itself with multicultural dogma and that Islam is, and if its isn’t, must be the RoP.

    But sooner or later, the reaction will come. The tragedy for all these mosque builders as well as ordinary Muslims is that the later it comes the more they stand to lose.

  6. islam is not on trial, but you can “shop around” for an islamic fatwa to brand your terror attack as “halal”. Sounds like an accomplice to me.

  7. Perfect opportunity for Australia to bring back the death penalty. Overland is a f***wit and an embarrassment to Victorians sucking up and toadying to subservient parasites like the muslims. Every bloody mosque, in every part of the world is also an arms and ammunition stock piling centre. Muslims around our country are ready at a moments notice to take up arms and overthrow our governments while our boys are overseas fighting scum. Our soldiers must be brought back immediately to an deal with any emergency.

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