Looks like the enemedia is duly instructed not to leak any pic’s of the perps. If any of our readers can find the mugshots of these bast*ds, please send them in for posting.
18 years’ jail for army terror-attack plan
Their aim was to enter the barracks armed with military weapons and shoot 500 personnel, or as many people as possible, before they were killed or ran out of ammunition.
Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, Saney Edow Aweys and Nayef El Sayed, who had all met at the Preston Mosque, had weapons when they were arrested in August 2009.
Barracks terror three ‘should have got life’
Three Melbourne men involved in a terrorist plot to attack the Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney should have been sentenced to life imprisonment, a court has heard today.
The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed against the maximum 18-year jail terms handed down to the men, saying the sentences were inadequate for the crime.
The men – Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 37, and Nayef El Sayed, 29, who were born in Lebanon, and Saney Edow Aweys, 30, who was born in Somalia – have lodged counter appeals against their convictions and sentences.
The three men were part of an Islamic terrorist cell that planned to enter the army barracks armed with military weapons and shoot as many people as possible before they were killed or ran out of ammunition.
The men, who had all met at the Preston Mosque in Melbourne’s north, were arrested in August 2009 after undercover police infiltrated the group.
They were jailed in December 2011 for 18 years with a non-parole period of 13 years and six months after a Supreme Court jury found them guilty of conspiring to plan a terrorist attack in Australia. Two other men were acquitted of involvement in the plot.
The three men appeared in the Court of Appeal on Monday flanked by four security guards. Two protective services officers stood guard outside the courtroom.
When Justices Peter Buchanan, Geoffrey Nettle and Pamela Tate entered the courtroom, Fattal refused to stand for the judges, saying he would stand for no man, only God.
Aweys’ defence team told the court the sentencing judge, Justice Betty King, had failed to properly instruct the jury about an “extraordinarily complex case” and the evidence did not support a conviction.
In her sentencing remarks in December 2011, Justice Betty King said the background to the conspiracy appeared to lie, to a degree, in the support the three men had for al-Shabaab, a radical and extreme Muslim group based in Somalia, involved in the civil war raging in Somalia on and off for decades.
Justice King said the men were all practising and devout Muslims.
“There is of course, as in all religions, great divergence in the views held by those within the religious Muslim world. It is an unfortunate, but widely known fact, that some Muslims, who hold extremist views of not only their religion, but their obligation under their religion, to martyrdom, have engaged worldwide in terrorism,” the judge said.
Justice King said Fattal was the most dogmatic and outspoken, in terms of religious fervour, of the three.
“All of you believe in the principle of martyrdom. All of you believe it is your obligation to oppose and deal with those you describe as infidels, being persons who are not of the Muslim faith or those of the Muslim faith who do not observe the faith in what you perceive as an appropriate manner, or adhere to the strong and fundamentalist views that you all hold.
“The fact that Australia welcomed all of you and nurtured you and your families is something that should cause you all to hang your heads in shame, that this was the way you planned to show your thanks.”
There is no gratitude in Islam. Â Muhammad, when he had to flee Mecca, was taken in by the Jews of Medina. For that, he later had them all murdered and their wives and children sold into slavery.
Fattal had been a champion kickboxer from Lebanon who married his wife in 2004 after meeting her at a barbecue in Melbourne.
His life changed when he travelled back to Lebanon a year later and became infuriated by a Danish cartoon that many Muslims believed was an insulting, offensive depiction of the prophet Mohammed.
Fattal joined a violent protest against the cartoon which caused extensive damage outside the Danish embassy in Beirut and he was arrested and jailed for three months.
When he returned to Australia, Fattal lived with his wife and newborn baby for another six months before deciding to leave.
The judge said Fattal soon became more religious and more fervent and fundamental in his religious views when living a monastic life in a rented room near the Preston mosque and began plotting to kill as many Australians as possible to advance the cause of Islam.
Justice King noted that Aweys’ statements towards the people and the government in Australia were becoming more heated and more anti-Australian in early 2009.
Aweys, who came to Australia in 1998 after spending six years in a refugee camp in Ethiopia and is married with four children, claimed “everyone was happy” with the Black Saturday bushfires on February 7 “as a punishment for this country”.
The judge said El Sayed, who came to Australia in 2007 and is married with one child, had portrayed himself at the Preston mosque as a charitable, devout, good Muslim man when he was secretly involved in the terrorist plot.
The appeal hearing continues.