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Boy, 15, Docked In Australian Court On Terrorism Charge, Denied Bail

A 15-year-old boy charged with plotting a terrorist attack in Sydney was denied bail on Friday in the Children’s Court. Magistrate Elizabeth Ryan told the court she had concerns the boy would commit
an extremely serious offence or endanger others if he was released on bail.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested during a series of police raids on homes on Thursday in Sydney.
Also charged was Ibrahim Ghazzawy, 22, and three other men who were already in custody, facing other terrorism and firearms counts.
They were charged with one count each of conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act, which carries a sentence up to life in jail.
The Children’s Court was told that police had discovered a text from the boy to a man saying: “I’m going to get to paradise through banana, God is great, No God but Allah.”
Police said banana was the boy’s code word for a gun. Police seized photos of the boy brandishing a firearm as well as copies of photos in his phone of a beheading by the Islamic State group and cheering Islamist radicals.
He was already on bail for possessing an illegal gun.
Police alleged the boy was an associate of a group of men charged with supplying a gun to a 15-year-old boy who shot a police worker and died in a gunfight with police in October outside Sydney police headquarters.
Police alleged the group including the boy, were planning to attack a police building in Sydney.
The boy is due to appear in court again Feb. 5(dpa/NAN)


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