Tying up the time and resources of the Infidel. “Man appeals ‘jihad book’ conviction,” from AAP, October 6:
Highly prejudicial material was “inadvertently” tendered at the trial of a man later convicted over a terrorism “do-it-yourself” jihad book, a court has been told.
Ian Barker, QC, representing former Qantas cabin cleaner Belal Saadallah Khazaal, said the tendered magazines referred to material suggesting a link between al-Qaeda and Khazaal.
He contended there had been a “miscarriage of justice” as a result of the trial judge’s failure to discharge the jury when the Crown later referred to some of the material.
Khazaal, in September 2009, was jailed for at least nine years, after a NSW Supreme Court jury found him guilty of making a document – between September 20 and 23, 2003 – connected with assistance in a terrorist act, knowing of that connection.
But the jury was discharged after failing to agree on a verdict on a charge of attempting to incite others to engage in a terrorist act, between September 22 and October 28, 2003.
On Wednesday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal reserved its decisions after hearing challenges to both Khazaal’s conviction and sentence….