Benbrika said they should be like Amrozi: unrepentant. Australian Jihad Plot Update: “Plan to ‘blast’ buildings,” by Reko Rennie in The Age (thanks to JE):
The alleged leader of a terrorist organisation said he would “blast” buildings, a prosecutor told a Victorian court.
Prosecutor Richard Maidment, SC, told the jury in the Supreme Court trial of 12 men accused of being members of a terrorist group that Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 47, of Dallas, was recorded discussing an alleged terrorist attack.
“It’s not something small,” Benbrika allegedly said in a conversation intercepted by authorities.
“We will damage buildings, blast them.
“It has to be proper.”
In another recorded conversation, Benbrika and one of his co-accused, Aimen Joud, 22, of Hoppers Crossing, discussed convicted Bali bomber Amrozi Nurhasyim.
Mr Maidment said Benbrika had told Joud to do what Amrozi did when he was caught by police.
‘Do like Amrozi’
“Do like Amrozi,” Benbrika allegedly said.
“Tell the judges off then,” Joud is alleged to have replied.
“He said, ‘If you kill me … there will be others to come after me’,” Benbrika allegedly said.
Benbrika and Joud “” along with Fadal Sayadi, 27, of Coburg, Ahmed Raad, 24, of Fawkner, Abdullah Merhi, 22, of Fawkner, Amer Haddara, 27, of Yarraville, Shane Kent, 30, of Meadow Heights, Majed Raad, 23, of Coburg, Hany Taha, 32, of Hadfield, Shoue Hammoud, 27, of Hadfield, Bassam Raad, 25, of Brunswick and Ezzit Raad, 25, of Preston “” are charged with various terrorism charges.