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24 July 2006

Cleric sought to 'kill 1000'

MELBOURNE Islamic cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika allegedly wanted to kill 1000 Australians to "please Allah" and to force the Howard Government to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

"If we kill, we kill here 1000," Mr Benbrika allegedly said in a conversation covertly taped by police.

"Because if you get large numbers here, the Government will listen."

The Melbourne Magistrates Court also heard today that one member of a group of 13 had allegedly placed an order for laboratory equipment intended for use in the manufacture of explosives using chemicals bought by Sydney terror suspects.

The 13 accused – Benbrika, Izzydeen Atik, Ahmed Raad, Bassam Raad, Ezzit Raad, Majed Raad, Amer Haddara, Aimen Joud, Shane Kent, Fadal Sayadi, Abdulla Merhi, Hany Taha and Shoue Hammoud - are all charged with being members of a terrorist organisation which Mr Benbrika is alleged to have directed.

They also face a range of other charges including making funds available to a terrorist organisation, providing support to a terrorist organisation, and possessing a thing connected with a terrorist act.

A committal hearing for the men began today and is expected to last a month.


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