3 Sunni Muslims imprisoned for firebombing Australian Shiite mosque
[IsraelTimes] Men sentenced to between 16 and 22 years behind bars; they also scrawled pro-Islamic State messages on Melbourne shrine.
Three Sunni Moslem men were sentenced on Wednesday to prison terms of 16 and 22 years on convictions including engaging in a terror act by burning down a Shiite mosque in the Australian city of Melbourne three years ago.
A Victoria state Supreme Court jury convicted Abdullah Chaarani, 28, Ahmed Mohammed, 26, and Hatim Moukhaiber, 31, in May over the Molotov cocktailing of the Imam Ali Islamic Center in December 2016. No one was injured.
| Melbourne is a hotbed of jihadis and crime — the Minneapolis of Australia, only with a less homogenous population of miscreants except in the most important characteristic. |
Mohammed and Moukhaiber had both denied any involvement. Chaarani admitted his role, but argued he had been part of an act of protest, advocacy or dissent, but not terrorism.
| We had their conviction here.|
They each faced a potential sentence of life in prison.
| An interesting argument, clearly made independently of any reference to a standard English language dictionary.|
Chaarani and Mohammed were also found guilty of attempting to commit a terror act over a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
to burn the mosque down two weeks earlier.
The words "Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
" were also spray painted on the exterior of the building.
Mohammed and Chaarani had previously been convicted of planning a terrorist attack on central Melbourne locations including the Federation Square restaurant and nightclub precinct, St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and Flinders Street train station on Christmas Day in 2016.
They were among five men found guilty in November last year after the plot was foiled by police who listened to their plans and watched their reconnaissance at Federation Square. The five have yet to be sentenced on those convictions.
| We have the story of that arrest here. Messrs. Chaarani and Mohammed, along with their friend Hamza Abbas, are named therein. If today’s third gentleman was involved, he went unmentioned for reasons that no doubt made sense at the time.|
The latest trial heard evidence that after the first failed attempt to destroy the mosque, Mohammed and Chaarani returned with Moukhaiber in December with a 20-liter (5.3-gallon) container of gasoline and two car tires to keep the blaze going.
Their goal was to "strike a blow against, and terrorize, Shiite Moslems," Justice Andrew Tinney said Wednesday as he sentenced the trio for their "callous, cowardly and vindictive" crimes.
Mohammed and Chaarani were imprisoned for 22 years for carrying out the act of terror and for their earlier attempt.
The pair, who are still awaiting sentencing for the Christmas Day plot, must serve at least 17 years before they’re eligible for parole. Moukhaiber must serve at least 12 years of a 16-year prison term before he becomes eligible for parole.
Tinney said the men had sought to advance the cause of the Islamic State group. The three men laughed and chatted among themselves as the judge took more than two hours to deliver his sentencing remarks.
Moukhaiber whooped and danced after being led from the courtroom by security.
The men smiled and waved at a number of supporters in court.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-07-25