Six driven to wage jihad, court told
October 27, 2008
SIX Sydney men accused of conspiring to commit a terrorist act were strong
adherents of the Islamic faith, driven by religion and ideology to carry out
violent jihad against the Australian public, potential jurors have been told.
Crown Prosecutor Richard Maidment SC today addressed the first 220 potential
jurors for the NSW Supreme Court trial at the Parramatta court complex.
Bradley Umar Sariff Baladjam, 31, Khaled Cheikho, 35, Moustafa Cheikho, 31,
Mohamed Ali Elomar, 43, Abdul Rakib Hasan, 39, and Mohammed Omar Jamal, 24, are
accused of conspiring to commit acts in preparation for a terrorist act.
Mr Maidment said the men were conspiring to carry out acts of violence,
including the detonation of explosives and use of firearms, between July 2004
and November 2005.
“The crown alleges that each of these men were apparently strong adherents to
the Islamic faith and were each motivated by a particular religious, political
or ideological cause - being the pursuit of violent jihad - which each of the
accused apparently believed was founded in the teachings of the Islamic faith,”
he told the jury pool.
“In essence, that meant that the accused were motivated to carry out violent
activities against members of the Australian community as a whole, in pursuit
of their ideals.”
Mr Maidment said the kind of terrorist acts contemplated by the men included
the detonation of an explosive device, or devices, or the use of weapons.
The preparatory acts alleged included obtaining or seeking to obtain large
quantities of firearms and ammunition, and significant quantities of chemicals
which Mr Maidment said were for the purpose of making explosives “capable of
causing substantial damage and loss of life.”
The judge, Anthony Whealy, urged the potential jurors not to offer themselves
for service unless they were certain they could bring an unbiased mind to the
“Each of the accused is entitled, and emphatically entitled, to the presumption
of innocence,” Justice Whealy told jurors in the assembly room via videolink
from the court.
“The fact that each is an adherent to the Muslim faith cannot be something that
is allowed to raise any aspect of bias.
“It is important to repeat and stress that those who wish to serve on the jury
should offer themselves for service only if they are able to bring an unbiased
approach to persons of the Muslim faith.
“Similarly, if you are of the Muslim faith and harbour resentment to
non-Muslims, you should not offer yourself for service.”
The jury selection process is expected to last the remainder of the week, with
Justice Whealy telling the potential jurors the trial could take up to a year
and involve 700 witnesses.
Jusfiq Hadjar gelar Sutan Maradjo Lelo
Allah yang disembah orang Islam tipikal dan yang digambarkan oleh al-Mushaf itu
dungu, buas, kejam, keji, ganas, zalim lagi biadab hanyalah Allah fiktif.