Six Australians dubbed the “Tinny Terrorists” are accused of planning to sail to the southern Philippines the place they hoped to join Abu Sayyaf.
Robert “Musa” Cerantonio, Paul Dacre, Shayden Thorne, Kadir Kaya, Murat Kaya and Antonio Granata deny plotting to join the Islamic State-affiliated terror group.
Today (Tuesday, May 16) the six confronted a committal listening to to decide whether or not they need to stand trial charged with “making preparations for incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities”.
Cerantonio, Dacre, Thorne, Granata and Kadir Kaya had been arrested close to Cairns on May 10, final 12 months, towing a seven-metre fishing boat — of a kind recognized regionally as a “tinny” — on the highway to Cape York.
Murat Kaya was later arrested in Victoria and is accused of serving to the others purchase the boat.
The listening to was briefly halted after supporters of the accused males used cellphones to take images contained in the courtroom.
As the committal listening to started within the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, a veiled girl associated to the group used her cellphone to the accused males smiling within the dock.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg warned that such behaviour was forbidden, however simply hours later one other supporter of the lads was caught taking footage. His cellphone was confiscated.
The court was told that among the accused had been heard “celebrating” the Bastille Day terror assault in Nice whereas in jail awaiting trial. It was additionally alleged that that they had made an Islamic State-style video, full with black flags, in a Melbourne park.
The listening to continues tomorrow.
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