Three Muslim ISIS terrorist wannabes joked around in court as they were found guilty of conspiring to kill Australians using machetes and suicide vests.
Daily Mail (h/t MarvinW) Hamza Abbas, 23, his cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and Ahmed Mohamed, 25, were found guilty in the Supreme Court of acts in preparation for the attack, targeting Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street station on Christmas Day 2016.
Then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called their sick plan, designed to cause mass casualties, ‘one of the most substantial terrorists plots that have been disrupted over the last several years’.
The verdict followed seven days of deliberations by the jury, and eight weeks of evidence – including from Hamza’s older brother Ibrahim Abbas, 24 – who confessed his involvement to police and pleaded guilty earlier this year.
The trio were found guilty on November 2, but in a serious blow to open justice, lawyers for the men applied to have the verdict kept secret by way of a suppression order.
This prevented the result from being publicly revealed for almost two weeks until an appeal court tribunal overturned the suppression order, saying the verdict should be made public given the amount of publicity the trial had received.
‘The trial has been fully reported and that genie cannot be put back in the bottle,’ the tribunal’s three judges said in their ruling.
Arrogant Mohamed and Chaarani laughed and chatted to each other between the individual verdicts. Both nodded slowly and looked indifferent as the guilty decision was given. As they were removed from the dock, Mohamed gave his family a big, cheesy grin, while Hamza gave his a thumbs up.
Police left court carrying two machetes Chaarani and Ibrahim bought in preparation for the attack. Ibrahim said they were for ‘chopping to kill’ and to slice the necks of disbelievers of their radical Sunni Islam.
The group also had the makings for pipe bombs – sparkler dust, hundreds of match heads and chemicals including hydrogen peroxide – that were intended, as Ibrahim put it, to ‘wage violent jihad’.
Their plan involved buying their supplies from Bunnings. They got the recipe from the infamous al-Qaeda magazine article ‘How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom’. Ibrahim revealed during the trial that he believed it was ‘fine for me to kill Australians’ because Muslims have been killed in wars involving Australia.