Jihad in Australia update from ABCNews, with thanks to JE:
A Victorian court has heard an alleged member of a Melbourne terrorist group met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
A bail application will continue tomorrow for 29-year-old Shane Kent and 26-year-old Amer Haddara.
Both men have been charged with belonging to a terrorist group.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told a witness made a police statement that Kent trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
The court was told Osama bin Laden was at the training camp and that Kent met with him.
A police officer told the court he believed Kent pledged allegiance to bin Laden while there.
The officer said Kent used his Al Qaeda training to help the Melbourne group become more organised and focussed in their objectives.
The officer agreed that during a police interview, Kent rejected any suggestion that he was willing to be a martyr for Islam.
The court also heard that during a police interview Haddara said Australia and the United States were oppressing Muslims by attacking Afghanistan and Iraq.
He told police that Australia’s foreign policies, the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), police raids and the media’s representation of Muslims were examples of oppression within Australia that theoretically justified jihad.
The court heard that when asked if he would ever be a fighter for Islam Haddara answered: “I wish”.
Haddara went on to say that the Koran did not allow for the targeting of innocent people or deliberate destruction of buildings.
Oh, well then, carry on!