From AP, :
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Police on Thursday arrested an Australian man accused of planning a terrorist act and having links to a French terror suspect implicated in a plot to attack a nuclear reactor on Sydney’s outskirts, a top police official said.
Lodhi Faheem, 34, was charged in Sydney’s Central Local Court with seven offenses, including preparing for a terrorist act and recruiting for a terrorist organization, Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said. He did not elaborate on the charges.
The case stemmed from a terrorism investigation of Willie Virgile Brigitte, a 35-year-old French man who was extradited from Australia to France in October, Keelty said.
Faheem, of Pakistani origin, was denied bail.
He is the second person to face charges under tough new federal terrorist laws in Australia and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
Brigitte has been implicated in an Australian-based terror cell that reportedly was considering attacks on a nuclear reactor on Sydney’s outskirts and other targets. Australian and French intelligence officials have been working together to try uncovering the reported cell.
He also is being questioned about the Sept. 9, 2001, killing of anti-Taliban military commander Ahmed Shah Massood in Afghanistan.
Last week, 21-year-old medical student Izhar ul-Haque was arrested and charged for allegedly training with Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba in January and February last year.
Ul-Haque remains in custody until his next court appearance in May. If convicted, he faces 25 years in jail.