Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Australia accused wanted to fight for Islam: court


He asked Fattal what committed Muslims could do in Australia.

Fattal replied that Muslims could go overseas to fight for Islam and that many "brothers" from Australia were going to fight jihad in Somalia.

... that Yemen was also good because "there's lots of knowledge there".

and... Iraq or Afghanistan would be good places.. to go and fight.

A smorgesboard of jihad!

A man on trial over an alleged terrorist plot repeatedly told an undercover operative he wanted to go overseas to fight for Islam, a jury has been told.

The operative, known as Hamza, gave evidence from a remote location during the Victorian Supreme Court trial of Wissam Fattal and four other men.

All five have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to prepare a shootout at the Holsworthy Army Base in Sydney to advance Islam, which they allegedly believed was under attack from the West.

Asked by Fattal's barrister, Pat Tehan, QC, if there were many times Fattal had expressed a desire to go overseas to fight for Islam, Hamza replied: "Yes, that's right".

Hamza said he befriended Fattal at the Preston mosque in November 2008, building his trust and friendship.

He told Fattal he had converted to Islam and mowed lawns for a living.

They even did shadow boxing training together at the mosque as Hamza tried to determine if Fattal would go overseas to fight for Islam and whether it was likely he would commit any acts in Australia for the cause of Islam.

"I was trying to find out any information that I could in relation to Mr Fattal," he said.

Hamza said he wanted Fattal to believe he was helping him gain a better knowledge of Islam.

He asked Fattal what committed Muslims could do in Australia.

Fattal replied that Muslims could go overseas to fight for Islam and that many "brothers" from Australia were going to fight jihad in Somalia.

"Fattal said Somalia is the best place for true jihad," Hamza said in log notes of their conversations.

"Fattal stated there's not much the brothers can do here but they can go overseas to fight."

Hamza said he wanted Fattal to believe he had convinced him to commit to jihad.

"I wanted to give him that impression," he said.

He said he told Fattal he was ready to go overseas with him and fight for Islam as soon as Fattal got out of jail, as he was on remand over an unrelated assault.

Fattal allegedly told him Somalia, Iraq or Afghanistan would be good places for Hamza to go and fight.

Fattal also said he had a contact in Afghanistan and that Yemen was also good because "there's lots of knowledge there".

Fattal had also spoken about innocent Muslims being killed and "innocent brothers" being jailed in Australia.

"Fattal stated that they are afraid because Muslims are winning the battle and they want to stop it," Hamza said in his log notes.

The accused men are Fattal, 34, of Melbourne, Saney Aweys, 27, of Carlton North, Nayef El Sayed, 26, of Glenroy, Yacqub Khayre, 23, of Meadow Heights, and Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, 26, of Preston.

The trial continues on Thursday.

SMH

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