NINE Muslim terror suspects have refused to stand up before a NSW Supreme Court judge, saying their religious beliefs prevented them from the usual mark of respect of getting to their feet…
This might seem to you to indicate a worrying lack of respect for Australia’s laws, but who better to explain away a misinterpretation than Keysar Trad:
Islamic Friendship Association spokesman Keysar Trad supported the idea that some Muslims chose not to stand out of a sense of equality.
“The Prophet used to say, ‘Don’t stand up for me when I walk in. Don’t over-honour me’,” Mr Trad said.
So that’s one theory, endorsed by the men’s barrister. This is just about good old equality. A real Australian virtue, in fact.
Of course, there could have been another possible interpretation. Here is part of an interview with Melbourne Islamic teacher Abdul Nasare Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, himself facing terrorism charges in Melbourne:
MCKENZIE: But don’t you think Australians, Australian Muslims, Muslims living in Australia also have a responsibility to adhere to Australian Law?
To not fight, for instance? If they do go to Iraq to not fight against Australian troops? To make sure they follow the laws of this country?
Nacr Benbrika is also on record stating that infidels will be ‘shipped out’ of Australia once Muslims reach critical mass.
NOTE: No comment will be published that speculates on the guilt or innocence of the men discussed here. All must be presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. Indeed, they say they are innocent. My post is not to be interpreted as casting doubt on the men, whose barrister has explained their motives, but on Keysar Trad, who fails to acknowledge that some Muslim fundamentalists may well have other reasons for not standing for a judge. Sorry for the long disclaimer, but I’ve discovered how easily words can be mistinterpreted in courts.
* Quite a ridiculous disclaimer when you read the whole article in the Australian. These guys were out to do some serious damage, just like the Lebanese rapists before them. Shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ in the court room doesn’t really help their case. But just locking them up for a few years won’t help us either.
9 terror suspects plead not guilty
Why would they? They are convinced they’re only doing their Islamic duty:
‘Terror made me victorious, strike terror in the hearts of the unbelievers’ and ‘Allah made booty lawful’ can be directly traced back to Muhammad in the Islamic scriptures.
SYDNEY, Australia â€” Nine men accused of stockpiling bomb-making chemicals and plotting to avenge perceived injustices against Muslims pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday in Australia’s largest alleged terrorist conspiracy.
The men, all Muslims, are charged with conspiring between June 2004 and November 2005 to carry out an attack with bombs or other weaponry to advance a “political, religious or ideological cause.” If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Their lawyers have steadfastly maintained their clients’ innocence, saying the chemicals found at their homes were for ordinary household or industrial uses.
At a pretrial hearing earlier this year, prosecutors claimed the nine suspects bought unrestricted chemicals that can be used in making explosives, and downloaded instructions from the Internet that included how to mix the cocktail of agents used to make the bombs used in the deadly 2005 London subway attacks.
Prosecutors allege the men were devotees of a radical Muslim cleric sympathetic to Osama bin Laden, and struck a pact to launch a terrorist attack because they felt their religion was under attack.
No planned target has been revealed, but police alleged the suspects had Australia’s only nuclear reactor â€” a small facility used to make radioactive medical supplies â€” under surveillance.
The men were arrested in 2005 in a series of pre-dawn raids in Sydney and the southern city of Melbourne, where cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika and other followers also were detained and now face separate charges of belonging to a terrorist group.
Authorities said police found transcripts of bin Laden speeches and other al-Qaida material, as well as videos of people being beheaded, in some of the suspects’ homes.
The nine suspects are Mohammed Ali Elomar, Mazen Touma, Abdul Rakib Hasan, Khaled Cheikho, Moustafa Cheikho, Khaled Sharrouf, Mirsad Mulahalilovic, Omar Baladjam and Mohammed Jamal.
Judge Anthony Whealy said the trial should start next February.