Terror plot suspect 'planned big attack'
Mon Aug 24 2009
By Melissa Jenkins
Three men who allegedly plotted to kill soldiers at a Sydney army barracks are applying for bail.
One of the five men charged over an alleged suicide terrorism plot to kill soldiers at an Australian army barracks was keen to "strike big" if permitted under Islamic law.
Three of the men charged over the plan to attack the Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney -
Saney Edow Aweys, 26, of Carlton North, Nayef El Sayed, 25, of Glenroy, and Yacqub Khayre, 22, of Meadow Heights - are applying for bail in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.
Co-accused Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, 25, from Preston, is expected to apply for bail at a later date. Another co-accused, Wissmam Mahmoud Fattal, 33, who thinks prison is like an "eight-star hotel", did not apply for bail.
Translations of secretly recorded telephone conversations involving the accused were read to the court by federal agent Chris Salmon.
Agent Salmon said Fattal was the central figure in the plot and was already in prison over an assault at a Preston mosque.
"I would like to strike big if it's Halal (permissible under Islamic law)," El Sayed told Fattal on April 7.
During a prison visit on May 3, Fattal and El Sayed discussed Fattal applying for bail, the court was told.
"We are working together on a great, monstrous thing," Fattal told El Sayed.
"We need to persevere.
"There is no point coming out. If the work is ready I will come out."
In another conversation on July 10, Aweys confided in Somali Sheik Abdirahman about accessing guns for their plan.
"Their desire is to fan out as much as possible until they would be hit," Aweys told the sheik.
"Twenty minutes is enough for us to take out five, six, 10, eight."
Aweys asked the sheik if the plot was permissible. Noting there could be horrific consequences, the sheik raised the idea of a mass exodus of Muslims, with those left behind to "carry out the activity".
All of the five accused are charged with conspiring to attack the Holsworthy base. Aweys is also accused of abetting Walid Osman Mohamed to engage in a hostile act in Somalia.
On July 25, the pair was engaged in a telephone conversation, in which Aweys confirmed he had sent money to Mohamed, the court was told.
From Somalia, Mohamed told Aweys he planned to hold a PKM heavy machine gun in the frontline.
"Holding this and being the target at the front is the closest thing to martyrdom," he said.
Khayre was tasked by El Sayed to travel to Somalia to obtain a fatwa to authorise a terrorist attack in Australia.
He left on April 13 and, having obtained a fatwa, returned to Australia on July 14.
Agent Salmon said each defendant has indicated a willingness to leave Australia to go to Somalia to fight.
When asked by El Sayed's lawyer, Julian McMahon, if he tipped off The Australian newspaper about the investigation, agent Salmon said he did not.
Asked if he knew who was responsible for the leak, agent Salmon said he wanted to seek advice from legal counsel before answering that question.
The hearing before Magistrate Peter Reardon was subject to tight security, including weapon detectors and armed officers.
The hearing continues on Tuesday.
If Only Australian’s would provide “support networks” for these rich diverse cultures, that are colonizing Australia faster than HIV replicating in a poofters arse hole…. Oh please gimme a break.
And guess who is in charge of security at Australia’s Airports and Military bases?
Security guards paid for passes
By Byron Kaye
The Daily Telegraph
August 25, 2009 12:29AM
THEY might have had no English and no experience - but for $300 students at the state's biggest security training school allegedly walked away qualified in just one day.
Meanwhile their "trainers" - whose jobs amounted to little more than marking exam papers for which the answers had already been supplied - earned huge sums.
That was the damning picture of Roger Training Academy, which churned out a quarter of the state's accredited security guards until it was shut down in March, presented to the ICAC yesterday.
The commission heard the western Sydney college gave students answers to exam questions in advance, issued first aid certificates without training and faked resumes. It allegedly had its staff write out students' exam answers for qualifications that included gun handling, basic English, and conflict negotiation.
Students were charged between $300 and $500 for the same-day service - payable in cash only.
"Toward the end there were a lot of students who were walking in, who I didn't know from a bar of soap, who were just writing out the (supplied) answers," a trainer, Dru Hyland, told the commission. "It was definitely dishonest, Your Honour."
Mr Hyland agreed the practice amounted to corruption but said he was under pressure from the company's principal, Ahmed Mossani, and the students themselves.
Recorded telephone calls showed Mr Hyland less remorseful.
He told a friend he made $150,000 in five months - equivalent to a senior parliamentarian or CEO.
He enjoyed his newfound riches, telling the friend he used the cash for a holiday in Vanuatu, had splashed out cash on a new motorbike, four-wheel drive and another new car for his wife and set up his own business.
"I've had the money to do stuff I've been trying to do for so long," he said. "I've now got an opportunity to earn a great whack in a short period of time."
He denied the $150,000 figure - saying it was closer to $90,000 - explaining he had a "slapstick" relationship with the friend and he was exaggerating.
The commission heard more than $1.3 million was deposited into Mr Mossani's bank accounts between August 2007 and April 2009.
Counsel assisting, Carolyn Davenport SC, said: "Subverting the correct assessment process created an opportunity for persons at Roger to make large sums of money."
Mr Mossani is expected to give evidence later this week.
The inquiry continues today.