The Best Martyr on Earth
I want to be best martyr on Earth, says man accused of planning terror attack
- From: Herald Sun
- September 14, 2010
A MAN accused of plotting a terrorist attack on an army base in Australia said he wanted to be the best martyr on Earth, a Victorian jury has heard.
Prosecutor Nick Robinson, SC, said Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 33, repeatedly asked his parents to pray for him because he wanted to die for Allah's cause.
The jury heard transcripts of intercepted calls in which Mr Fattal says he would be rewarded in paradise if he sacrificed his life for Islam.
"I am trusting my cause to Allah, God the Almighty," he allegedly said.
Mr Fattal tells his father he wants to be: "The best one on Earth, the best martyr on Earth. The one who is killed by the false messenger.
"Later you will hear good news about me."
Mr Robinson said the "good news" was to be that their son had died a martyr.
Mr Fattal also complained of the Australian army's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.He said: "If I find a way to kill the army, I'm gonna do it."
The Supreme Court heard Mr Fattal and four other Melbourne men planned an attack on the Holsworthy army base outside Sydney.
They allegedly planned to kill as many soldiers as possible before they were either killed or overwhelmed.
Holsworthy was guarded by unarmed, contracted security personnel.
On trial are Saney Edow Aweys, 26, of Carlton North, Yacqub Khayre, 22, of Meadow Heights, Abdirahman Mohamud Ahmed, 25, of Preston, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 33, of Melbourne, and Nayef El Sayed, 25 of Glenroy.
They have all pleaded not guilty to conspiring with each other and people unknown between February 1 and August 4 last year to do acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act or acts.
Mr Robinson said the men believed Islam was under attack from the West and that Australians and the Australian Government were oppressing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan.
The court heard when local clerics refused to provide a fatwa, or religious decree, to permit the plan, Mr Khayre went to Somalia to get one.
Mr Robinson told the jury Mr Aweys said the Black Saturday bushfires were Allah's punishment for Australians.
Mr Aweys told a man in Somalia the bushfires were divine intervention, during a secretly recorded phone call in March last year.
Mr Robinson read from a transcript in which Mr Aweys said an Islamic cleric had been sentenced in Melbourne to 15 years in jail on terrorist charges and the Muslim community was upset.
"The next day fires broke out in the whole country. Allah bring them calamity," Mr Awey said.
The trial continues.
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