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2006-08-26 02:03:23

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has received assurances the United States will not seek the death penalty for Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks if it brings new charges against him, Attorney General Philip Ruddock said on Saturday. Australia believes that new charges are likely to be laid against Hicks, who has been held at the U.S. detention camp in Cuba for four years, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that planned military trials for Guantanamo inmates were...

2006-08-22 22:40:48

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born Australian architect was jailed for 20 years on Wednesday for planning bomb attacks in Sydney, a court official said. Pakistan-born Faheem Khalid Lodhi had planned to detonate home-made bombs in Australia's largest city as part of a "holy war," the New South Wales Supreme Court was told during his trial. Prosecutors told the court police had found what amounted to a terrorism manual when they raided his home in October 2003. Supreme Court Judge...

2006-08-18 03:57:30

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The first Australian jailed under tough new anti-terrorism laws had his conviction quashed on Friday when an appeal court ruled a police interview given while under arrest in Pakistan was inadmissible, a court official said. Joseph Terrence Thomas was found guilty in April of receiving $3,500 and a plane ticket from senior al Qaeda agent Khaled bin Attash after training with Osama bin Laden's militant network in Afghanistan in 2001. Thomas, a father of three,...

2006-08-15 00:17:12

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks should face new charges before a U.S. military tribunal by November or be returned home, the Australian government said on Tuesday. Lawyers for Hicks, who has been held at the U.S. camp in Cuba for four years, have called for his release after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that planned military trials for Guantanamo inmates were illegal. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on August 2 that plans were...

2006-05-17 03:25:09

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian architect charged with planning to bomb either the nation's electricity grid or defense installations in Sydney, rejected the charges on Wednesday, telling a court he was not a terrorist. A prosecutor has told the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney that a "terrorism manual" was found in the home of Pakistan-born Faheem Khalid Lodhi in 2003 and that he had planned to wage "violent jihad" in Australia. Defense lawyer Phillip Boulten told the jury...

2006-04-24 04:46:50

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian architect facing terrorism charges was planning to bomb either the nation's electricity grid or defense installations in Sydney, prosecutors told a court on Monday. Pakistan-born Faheem Khalid Lodhi has pleaded not guilty to four charges which include planning to detonate a home-made bomb at a number of targets in Sydney, Australia's largest city, as part of a holy war. Prosecutors said that Lodhi had worked at three defense installations in Sydney...

2006-03-31 21:55:13

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have arrested and charged three men with alleged links with a terrorist organization after counter-terrorism teams swooped on Melbourne's northern suburbs, a top policeman said on Saturday. The men, detained on Friday night, were alleged to have plotted a terrorist attack with 19 others arrested during raids in Sydney and Melbourne last November in the country's biggest counter-terrorism sweep. Federal and state police, along with the Australia...

2006-02-27 02:52:56

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man who became the first to be found guilty under tough new anti-terrorism laws is to appeal against his conviction on charges of receiving funds from an associate of Osama bin Laden, his lawyer said on Monday. Former taxi driver Joseph Terrence Thomas faces up to 25 years in jail after being found guilty on charges of receiving $3,500 and a plane ticket from senior al Qaeda agent Khaled bin Attash after training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in...

2006-02-25 23:13:50

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A jury has found an Australian man guilty of receiving $3,500 and a plane ticket from al Qaeda, the first Australian to be convicted under the country's new tough anti-terrorism laws, local media reported on Sunday. Former taxi driver Joseph Terrence Thomas, 32, a father of three, faces up to 25 years in jail for receiving funds from al Qaeda. Thomas also faces two years in prison after he was found guilty of a second charge of possessing a false passport. But the...

2005-12-12 02:45:08

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian charged with plotting to bomb Sydney's electricity grid and defense sites had his pre-trial hearing adjourned on Monday while the government and court decides how much evidence will be kept secret. Pakistan-born architect Faheem Khalid Lodhi, 35, has pleaded not guilty to nine terror charges and is due to face trial in January 2006 in the New South Wales Supreme Court. Before the trial starts, court staff will undergo security screening and safes will...


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