Alleged ‘tinny terrorists’ will fight foreign incursion charges after they were arrested trying to leave Australia

Accused "tinny terrorists" (L-R) Antonio Granata, Musa Cerantonio, Paul Dacre. Illustration: Mitchell Toy

Accused “tinny terrorists” (L-R) Antonio Granata, Musa Cerantonio, Paul Dacre. Illustration: Mitchell Toy

THE alleged “tinny terrorists” will fight foreign incursion charges after they were arrested trying to leave Australia allegedly to join extremist groups overseas.

The defendants will be provided with “special computers” in their cells loaded with the brief of evidence against them.

Some of the six charged men signalled they will fight the charges at a committal mention next year.

The legal defence for all six men is being funded by Legal Aid.

Robert Cerantonio, Shayden Thorne, Kadir Kaya, Paul Dacre and Anthony Granata were arrested north of Cairns this year towing a fishing boat to Cape York.

It is alleged they planned to sail the boat from Cape York to nearby islands.

Fellow accused (L-R) Kadir Kaya and Shayden Thorne. Illustration: Mitchell Toy

Police officers stand guard as a van transports five of the accused men. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The boat that was allegedly going to be used by the suspects to travel from Australia. Picture: Supplied.

The prosecution also allege they planned to island hop from Papua New Guinea into the Philippines and use smuggling routes to then take them to the Middle East.

A sixth man Murat Kaya was arrested at a later date in Melbourne.

The court heard that there were more than 100 witnesses in the case.

Robert “Musa” Cerantonio.

The prosecution case will also feature wire taps from phone calls and data intercepts of websites the accused men accessed.

Robert Stary acting for Mr Cerantonio said all six cases were funded by legal aid, but that the organisation did not provide the significant resources required to go through the brief of evidence.

He also complained his client was initially only given two-hours-a-week on a computer to review the voluminous brief of evidence.

He said Corrections and the joint counter-terrorism team had now made special arrangements for their clients to have access to a computer in their cell, with only the brief of evidence loaded into it.

Charlie Rozencwajg said it was a poor situation that Legal Aid would not properly fund the case.

He adjourned the case until February next year for a committal mention.

He also booked a five day committal hearing for May next year.

Two of the men were not represented during the hearing.

james.dowling2@news.com.au

2 thoughts on “Alleged ‘tinny terrorists’ will fight foreign incursion charges after they were arrested trying to leave Australia”

  1. Y’know, I wonder what would happen if, the instant these sorts of creatures were clapped into prison, they were given a regulation convict-style buzz-cut and clean-shave. Off with the beards! (it could be couched in terms of safety/ security; all sorts of things could be concealed inside flowing locks and bushy beards – e.g. a razor blade; and the *wearer* of a beard could be grabbed by it, in a fight).

    *Are* they shaved when imprisoned? If not, they should be.

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