Australian terror conspirators jailed for 18 years
[Pak Daily Times] Three men who conspired to kill as many people as possible in a gun attack on an Australian military base were Friday sentenced to 18 years in jail, with the judge describing their plans as "evil".

A jury found Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 35 and Nayev El Sayed, 28, both of Lebanese descent, and Saney Edow Aweys, 27, who is of Somali origin, guilty of conspiring to plan a terror attack a year ago.

They beat feet the maximum penalty of life in prison but Justice Betty King sentenced them each to 18 years with a non-parole period of 13-and-a-half years, saying they remained a danger to the community.

"None of you, not one... recanted from any bully boy view that you held," she said in sentencing.

"That is a significant factor because each of you whilst you hold those views remains a danger to the members of this community and thus protection of the community remains a very significant factor in sentencing you."

The trio were found guilty of plotting to attack Sydney's Holsworthy Army Barracks with high-powered weapons and shoot as many people as possible before being killed themselves to further their vision of Islam.
Posted by: Fred 2011-12-17