Rhiam Deutrom, in The Australian, 5 May 2017, where the title runs “Cheng killer Farhad Jabar feted as ‘martyr’ by accused co-plotters”
Farhad Jabar was celebrated as a “warrior” and a “martyr” in the days after the teenager shot unarmed NSW police finance employee Curtis Cheng in the back of the head, outside the Parramatta Police Headquarters, a court has heard. Farhad, killed by special constables during the attack in 2015, was allegedly given an illegal pistol by the men at the centre of a committal hearing this week in the Downing Centre Local Court. Talal Alameddine, 24, Mustafa Dirani, 23, Milad Atai, 21 and Raban Alou, 19, are facing charges relating to planning a terrorist act and supplying the .38 calibre pistol to Farhad. All but Mr Alou were present at court this week, dressed in prison-issued green tracksuits and seated together in the dock.
Crown prosecutor Paul McGuire SC played the court a recording of a phone call between Mr Alou and Farhad’s grief-stricken older brother, Farshad Jabar, two days after the attack. In it, Mr Jabar can be heard sobbing loudly into the phone, saying his family was “heartbroken now … I wake up in the morning, I wake up at night and brother is not here, my brother is gone. “Everybody knows how much I love my brother,” Mr Jabar says.
Mr Alou attempts to comfort Mr Jabar, claiming his martyred little brother “will be with the prophet now … He died for the sake of Allah, you should be happy. He is better than 100,000 Muslims, he’s better than every Muslim in Australia,” Mr Alou said. “Remember this, he left for the sake of Allah, he gave his life up for Allah”.
Surveillance used to track the accused men’s movements after the attack recorded a conversation between Mr Jabar and Mr Atai three days after Cheng’s death. “God had written this for Farhad from the day he was in his mum’s stomach,” Mr Jabar said. Mr Atai responded that Allah had chosen the teenager as a “martyr” for the cause.
The court was also shown conversations where Mr Alou expressed his fear that the police could connect him to Cheng’s assassination. “They know who I am, they know me, I’m on the radar … they know what I stand for, they know everything,” Mr Alou said to an associate. “They will accuse me of accessory to murder and inciting terrorism, they will accuse me of recruiting other people … they will go hard … they will pump me.”
“They’re going to want to question you. I know 100 per cent they’re going to question you,” the associate said. The associate then helped Mr Alou record a message pleading with his friends to “make sure to tell Allah don’t let them charge me, make them release me as soon as possible and destroy the investigation, destroy it all”.
Mr McGuire said searches of four properties, including Mr Alou’s, Mr Dirani’s and Mr Alameddine’s, uncovered the phones of Farhad and his older sister Shadi Jabar, who travelled to Syria to marry an Islamic State fighter and died seven months later. “Mobile phone handsets of Farhad and Shadi were found wrapped in plastic, concealed under a locked door to an external toilet at the rear of the Lane Street property near Mr Alou’s home,” Mr McGuire said.
The defence will make submissions today for their clients.
TWO: Rhiam Deutrom: “Killer gave sister a ‘black bag’ the day before Cheng’s murder,” 4 May 2017,” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/sister-gave-killer-a-black-bag-the-day-before-chengs-murder/news-story/8b58a7b422e63e685745552997f78d8c
The man accused of sourcing the gun used by teenager Farhad Jabar to kill NSW police staffer Curtis Cheng, made frantic calls to associates before and after the Parramatta shooting in 2015, a court heard. The Downing Centre Local Court was shown a range of CCTV footage, aerial footage, photographs, text messages and online posts used in the case against Talal Alameddine, 24, Mustafa Dirani, 23, and Milad Atai, 21, who are charged with planning a terror act and supplying a .38 calibre pistol to Farhad, 15.
Raban Alou, 19, is also charged with planning a terror act but was not present at the committal hearing this week. The committal hearing into the charges was told Farhad, who died in the attack, met his older sister Shadi Jabar the day before he shot Cheng. CCTV footage showed the teenager carrying a black sports bag to the meeting, which he was allegedly given by Mr Alou, and handing it to his sister in a laneway outside the old Parramatta Library.
Shadi Jabar, 21, can be seen getting into a taxi that drove her to the Sydney International Airport, where she departed for Syria and married an ISIS fighter. The court was not told what was inside the black bag that Shadi, who is believed to be dead, took to Syria.
The court heard Mr Alou made various phone calls to friends, allegedly requesting $100 loans in order to pay for a gun in the days leading up to the shooting. On the morning of the murder, the following day, Farhad allegedly spent several hours speaking with Mr Alou and Mr Dirani at the Parramatta mosque before the two hugged the teenager and left to meet Mr Alammedine to allegedly collect the gun.
“The crown position is the reference made by Mr Alameddine (during a phone call) is a coded reference to what they were really up to,” Mr McGuire said. This conversation was about meeting to provide the firearm.” Aerial footage showed the three men meeting at Jones Park where an object was placed in Mr Alou’s car.
The crown alleges Mr Alou then carried the gun beneath his robes into the female-only prayer section of the mosque where he handed it to Farhad. After Cheng was shot, the accused men watched news on their phones and radios, attempting to contact each other to corroborate whether or not Farhad Jabar had been killed. Just before 9pm, Mr Alou and his friend heard a statement on the radio by then NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione about the death of Cheng. The court heard Mr Alou’s associate respond: ‘‘Good, job’s done then.”
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