Australia jails five Muslims for up to 28 years despite no evidence

Australia jailed five Muslim men for up to 28 years on Monday for "planning attack" to protest against the involvement in invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Australia jails five Muslims for up to 28 years despite no evidence

Australia jailed five Muslim men for up to 28 years on Monday for "planning attack" to protest against the involvement in invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The men are Australian citizens of Lebanese, Libyan and Bangladeshi descent, were handed maximum terms of 23 to 28 years, with the shortest non-parole period being 17 years and three months.

New South Wales Supreme Court heard there was "overwhelming evidence" the men wanted to create at the very least, serious damage to property and posed a "serious risk" to the public.

The men, aged between 25 and 44 and who cannot be named by order of the judge, were arrested in Sydney in 2005.

The men from Sydney were found guilty in October of "gathering firearms, chemicals and bomb-making instructions in preparation for an attack on an unknown target." The prosecution never told the court of any suspected target.

Australia, a close U. S. ally, was among the first countries to commit troops to U.S.-led invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"There is no reason to doubt that, absent the intervention of the authorities, the plan would have come to fruition in early 2006 or thereabouts," Justice Anthony Whealy said in a purpose-built courthouse.

Prosecutors said three men had gone on paramilitary-style camps in Australia's outback "to prepare for an attack", but the defence said they were just hunting, camping and having fun.

The jury heard from 300 witnesses, examined 3,000 exhibits, watched 30 days of surveillance tapes and listened to 18 hours of phone intercepts, but there was no direct evidence linking the accused to the plot.

Lawyers for the five, at least one of whom is set to appeal, had argued there were innocent explanations for much of the material and labelled the case "propagandist".


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duh_swami
duh_swami - 9 yıl Before

If these men were convicted with no evidence or weak evidence, it would seem to me that Australia is not a good place for Muslims to immigrate, and the ones that are there now should leave...