My friends on the left are a funny bunch so keen to prove that they are accepting and welcoming to Muslims that they seem wilfully blind to the individuals within that faith who are intent upon bringing the atrocities that we so often see in the news to our own shores. Well now a Melbourne jury has after long deliberations returned a guilty verdict for six of the twelve men.
A MELBOURNE Muslim cleric has been found guilty of leading and being a member of a terrorist organisation.
After deliberating for 21 days, jurors today found Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 48, guilty on all three charges against him.
The charges include intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation, intentionally directing the activities of a terrorist organisation and possessing a compact disk connected with the preparation of a terrorist act.
The Supreme Court jury also found another five men guilty and acquitted four men of terrorism-related charges.
The trial, which started in February, is the longest and most complex terrorism case in Australia.
The prosecution has claimed that the 12 Melbourne Muslim men allegedly plotted to wage violent jihad on Australian soil, including attacking sporting events.
Aimen Joud, 23, Fadl Sayadi, 28, Abdullah Merhi, 22, Ezzit Raad, 26, and Ahmed Raad, 24, were all found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organisation.
Merhi, Bassam Raad, 26, and Shoue Hammound, 28, were found not guilty of intentionally providing resources to a terrorist organisation.
Hany Taha, 33, Hammoud, Bassam Raad and Majed Raad, 23, were found not guilty of intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation.
Taha was found not guilty of attempting to intentionally make funds available to a terrorist organisation.
The jury are still undecided on three counts.
Of course the real test will be what sort of sentence they get, well we will know soon enough and I am just glad that our courts were able to get a verdict in such an important trial where as a court in England was not and now they have to retry the matter (of the men accused of plotting to blow up airliners over the Atlantic).
and finally I wonder if this matter will get any kind of airing by those bloggers from the left that I mentioned earlier? Some how I doubt it.