* While a few of the so called ‘radicals’ are in the dock for being good Muslims, which means they followed the Koranic instructions to ‘strike terror in the hearts of the unbelievers’ Quran 8:12 , the ‘moderates’ are doing their obligatory da’awa and sing lullaby’s to put the irritated kuffars back to sleep:
THE 2005 AFL Grand Final was nominated as the original bombing target of an alleged home-grown Melbourne terror cell by the man described as its leader or ‘sheik’.
A jury heard today that in conversation with a witness at the terror trial Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 48, said the MCG bombing had been cancelled because of police and ASIO raids on members of the group in July 2005.
Izzydeen Atik told the Supreme Court that Mr Benbrika nominated two other targets, the NAB Cup and Crown Casino during the 2006 Melbourne Grand Prix weekend.
Mr Atik, 27, has admitted he had discussions about bombings with Mr Benbrika as a follow up to two earlier secretly taped conversations heard by the jury today.
While they were driving together Mr Atik said they had a conversation about terrorist attacks.
“The original target was supposed to be the Grand Final of 2005,” Mr Atik said he was told by Mr Benbrika.
Mr Atik said Mr Benbrika told him the raids on group members had disrupted funding.
On trial before Justice Bernard Bongiorno are: Mr Benbrika of Dallas, Shane Kent, 31, Meadow Heights, Majed Raad, 23, Coburg, Abdullah Merhi, 22, Fawkner, Mr Joud, 23, Hoppers Crossing, Ahmed Raad, 24, Fawkner, Fadl Sayadi, 28, Coburg, Ezzit Raad, 26, Preston, Hany Taha, 33, Hadfield, Shoue Hammoud, 28, Hadfield, Bassam Raad, 26, Brunswick and Amer Haddara, 28, Yarraville.
According to a 12-page indictment the alleged act or threat would have involved the detonation of an explosive or use of weapons.
This was said to be in pursuit of “advancing a political, religious or ideological cause, namely the pursuit of violent jihad” with the intention of coercing or intimidating the Government or the public.
The jury was played two bugged conversations in Mr Benbrika’s Dallas home on March 4, 2005 between him and Mr Atik.
In the conversations Mr Benbrika talks of members of the group being under suveillance and their phones being bugged.
At one point Mr Benbrika says tio Mr Atik “we’ll damage buildings. Blast things.”
Mr Benbrika continues:”It has to be proper because it’s very difficult to get them. I mean, especially the product. After 11 September it’s not easy.”
Earlier, Mr Atik told the court he carried out credit card fraud to help a group of fellow-Muslims who are alleged to have formed a home-grown terror cell in Melbourne.
Mr Atik said he had previously carried out credit card frauds and was persuaded by Aimen Joud that it would be helpful to a group of men he had met at secret religious lectures.
“It would be useful to the group,” Mr Atik told the Supreme Court.
Mr Atik said he obtained credit card details from taxi drivers for $10 each and used them to purchase mobile phone SIM cards and airline tickets.
He said he would put $1200 credit on the SIM cards and hand them to members of the group. Members of the group also took flights using assumed names.
Mr Atik said he had been reluctant at first to resume credit card fraud because it was against the Muslim religion.
But Mr Joud told him “you would be surprised what’s permissable in our religion”.
Mr Joud said it was permissable to take money from the “kufur”, or disbelievers, because they had shed the blood of Muslim innocents in countries like Afghanistan.
“Their blood is lawful and their wealth is lawful,” Mr Atik said he was told.
Mr Atik said he came to Melbourne from Sydney in 2003 and lived with his cousin in Newport.
He went to Mecca in 2004 with his cousin and when he returned to Melbourne he struck up a friendship with Mr Joud.
The pair attended Dars classes, or religious lectures, when he met Mr Benbrika, whom he described as ‘the sheik” and ‘the chief’.
Mr Joud told Mr Atik not to tell anyone about the Dars classes and through them he met all of the men on trial and he identified them to the jury.
Mr Atik said he was arrested in 2005 by police and charged with credit card fraud.
But all’s well, no worries mate:
Nothing to see here, its all good, look away!
* And especially here, this gem: Osama bin Laden should be a protected species because “he represents a popular mood in the Middle East and that public mood is pretty much anti-American.”