‘Respect legal rights’ of those arrested
The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) says it expects police to respect the legal rights of those arrested in early morning police counter-terrorism raids on Tuesday.
Police swooped on 19 properties across Melbourne and in the state’s southwest from 4.30am (AEST) in a move they claimed foiled a major terrorism plot.
President Ramzi Elsayed said the council was confident the police investigation would be carried out to the highest standards. (Why is there no image available for this motherf*kcer?)
“The ICV also expects that the police will respect the legal rights of the people arrested in this morning’s operation” he said.
Mr Elsayed urged the media to respect the privacy and dignity of the families involved in Tuesday’s operation.
The council’s vice president, Sherene Hassan, welcomed Victoria Police Commissioner Simon Overland’s comments that the vast majority of Muslims did not approve or support any kind of terrorist activities and made a valuable contribution to the community.
“The ICV has a strong relationship with both the Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police and we look forward to continue working with them in the future,” she said.
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Australia jihad bust: “The alleged offenders were prepared to inflict a sustained attack on military personnel until they themselves were killed”
Qur’an 9:111: “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain.”
Australian police have arrested four people with alleged links to Somali Islamists who were planning a suicide attack on a military base, senior officers said on Tuesday.
“The alleged offenders were prepared to inflict a sustained attack on military personnel until they themselves were killed,” said Tony Negus, acting chief commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.
“The men’s intentions was to go into these army barracks and to kill as many people as possible…. This would have been, if it had been able to be carried out, the most serious attack on Australian soil,” he added.
The suspects of Somali and Lebanese descent were arrested in a series of raids across the southeastern state of Victoria, Negus said.
He said the attack would have been carried out with firearms rather than explosives and added the group had been seeking a “fatwah” to justify its actions.
“Members of the group have been actively seeking a fatwah or religious ruling to justify a terror attack on Australia,” Negus said.
Negus said members of the group had links with Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab group, which is fighting a deadly insurgency against that country’s government.
ConfirmingÂ what a Kenyan official said recently: “Somalia can be a launching pad for a greater and wider jihadist issue.”