|Alledged terror suspect Wissam Mahmoud Fattal prepares for a kickboxing event in 2004|
One of the accused was a kickboxer!
The road to paradise ~ is to attack the infidels... The need to bring the non-Muslims under some sort of Islamic control is a part of the Islamic mindset and its sacred doctrine.
It appears that non-Muslims become the oppressors of Islam ~ when they reject wholeheartedly living under Islamic laws.
Two men alleged to be part of a plot to attack a Sydney army base described Australians as 'enemies' and 'poison', a court has heard.
Wissam Mahmoud Fattal and Nayef El Sayed were recorded saying that Australians were the enemy because they oppressed Muslims, the Victorian Supreme Court heard on Tuesday.
In another conversation, the prosecution says, Saney Edow Aweys is citing the oppression of Muslims as his reason to seek a religious decree from a Somali sheik to commit the attack.[+]
"I am trusting my cause to Allah, God the Almighty," he allegedly said.
Mr Fattal tells his father he wants to be: "The best one on Earth, the best martyr on Earth. The one who is killed by the false messenger.
"Later you will hear good news about me."
Mr Robinson said the "good news" was to be that their son had died a martyr.
Mr Fattal also complained of the Australian army's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said: "If I find a way to kill the army, I'm gonna do it." [+]
A group of conspirators waited in Australia for an Islamic cleric in Somalia to grant them a fatwa.
They wanted his blessing to break into Sydney's Holsworthy army base and kill as many people as possible.
But one of them expressed fears that it could be "a catastrophe", the Victorian Supreme Court heard yesterday.
In a phone conversation intercepted by police in June last year, Abdirahmin Mohamud Ahmed told Saney Edow Aweys it would be easy for an "angry" sheik in the mountains of Somalia to tell them to "enter this place" and they had to ask "people with knowledge".
"If the sheik says to the guys enter this place . . . it's a catastrophe, brother," Mr Ahmed said.
Mr Aweys, who has been identified in many recorded conversations repeatedly describing Australians as "infidels", told Mr Ahmed he was "soft" and told him if a fatwa was granted, "I am included".
He told Mr Ahmed, who in other intercepted calls had said he was "in revolt" from the teachings of local clerics: "Hey, it's not our motherland. There is no motherland here."
After reading the transcript of the intercept, prosecutor Nick Robinson told the jury that while Mr Ahmed might have expressed reservations, that did not absolve him of the conspiracy.
Mr Aweys, 27, of Carlton North, Mr Ahmed, 26, of Preston, Yacqub Khayre, 23, of Meadow Heights, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 34, of Melbourne, and Nayef El Sayed, 26, of Glenroy, have all pleaded not guilty to conspiring to do acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.
The men were arrested in dramatic dawn raids last August involving about 400 officers after an 11-month undercover operation by a terrorism taskforce.
Jurors were yesterday shown CCTV footage of Mr Fattal travelling to the Holsworthy base by train in March last year and walking along a perimeter fence.
Mr Fattal was then living in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Lakemba, having fled assault charges in Melbourne. He was arrested on that charge four days later and extradited to Victoria.
The prosecution has alleged that at the time he went to Sydney, Mr Fattal, Mr Sayed and Mr Khayre at least had already agreed to the conspiracy and that Mr Fattal and Mr Khayre exchanged text messages about the location of "Australian A", alleged to be the army base.
The court heard that when the alleged conspirators spoke of their plan, they referred to it as "the work" or "our issue".
During an intercepted call on April 1, Mr Fattal told Mr Sayed that he had seen "the situation" and "strolled" there. He told him, "the work, it's easy".
Mr Sayed, who was becoming increasingly certain they were being watched, told Mr Fattal he would "speak in riddles" and said that a "brother" was going "from here to there" to ask "a few scholars" whether something was "halal" (permissible in Islam) or "haram" (not permissible).
The prosecution claims this was a reference to Mr Khayre travelling to Somalia to receive a fatwa from radical clerics after Australian clerics refused to grant them one.
During an intercepted call between Mr Khayre and a man called Hashim on April 9, Hashim said: "You're going . . . to dead man's land, dead man's land."
On April 15, when Mr Aweys spoke to Mr Khayre, who was then in Nairobi, he told him: "It's very dangerous in Allah's name, be careful."
On April 24, when Mr Sayed visited Mr Fattal, who was in the Melbourne Assessment Prison facing assault charges, Mr Fattal told him: "This is the road to paradise, I swear to Allah."