Three jailed for plotting to kill Australian troops

December 18th, 2011 - 8:01 am ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) An Australian court has jailed three Islamic extremists for plotting to kill soldiers in a terrorist attack on a Sydney army base.

The three, originally from Lebanon and Somalia, are believed to have planned to shoot as many soldiers as possible until they were shot dead themselves, at Holsworthy Army Base in Sydney between February and August 2009, Xinhua reported.

A jury had found Wissam Fattal, 35; Nayef El Sayed, 28; and Saney Edow Aweys, 27, guilty of terrorism offences after a six-week trial in the Victorian Supreme Court.

The court this Friday sentenced the three to 18 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 13-and-a half years.

Justice Betty King during his judgement said it would have been totally terror act if their planning had ever come to pass and all three should hang their heads in shame for planning an attack on a country that embraced them.

Justice King said all three showed no remorse and had not renounced their extremist beliefs.

The trio were against the Australian troops’ presence in Afghanistan, believing it was oppressing innocent Muslims.

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