Her lawyer isn’t sure whether or not her act was terrorism. Guillaume Ballin said: “It’s more than political or religious ideology to make out the terrorist act charge. The issue here is whether the act done, or alleged to be done by Shoma, is done with the intention of coercing or intimidating the government or intimidating the public or section of the public.”
Of course it was. It was an act of jihad, meant to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). But the Australian authorities, like authorities in the West, are not prepared to acknowledge that any Muslims are pursuing such an agenda, and have made no serious efforts to understand or counter the jihad ideology.
A Bangladeshi student accused of stabbing her Melbourne homestay host in an act of Islamic State terrorism allegedly practised on a mattress.
Momena Shoma, 24, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday, charged with engaging in a terrorist act, after she allegedly stabbed her homestay host at Mill Park on February 9.
“She (allegedly) did the practice run on the mattress with the first family that hosted her and they felt intimidated enough to go to whoever organised it … to say ‘We’re scared, we don’t want her to continue living with us’,” magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said.
The radicalised student is accused of stabbing her sleeping 56-year-old host in the neck and shoulder.
Her lawyer says it is unclear whether Shoma’s alleged crime constitutes terrorism.
“I’m talking about whether the action of stabbing was done with the intention of intimidating the government or a section of the public,” Guillaume Ballin said….
It’s alleged Ms Shoma made full admissions to police after the stabbing and said she was “acting on behalf of the Caliphate”.
“It’s more than political or religious ideology to make out the terrorist act charge,” Mr Ballin said.
“The issue here is whether the act done, or alleged to be done by Shoma, is done with the intention of coercing or intimidating the government or intimidating the public or section of the public.”
Mr Rozencwajg said the student had allegedly discussed the reasons behind the attack.
It’s also alleged the Bangladeshi student discussed her radicalisation during a police interview and spoke of her motivations immediately after the stabbing.
“Doesn’t she say that she’s responding to a call by (IS leader) Baghdadi to attack the Americans and the British and Australians – in particular the ‘horrible French people’?” Mr Rozencwajg said….