Australian accused of planning to load kangaroo with explosives in terror plot

MELBOURNE, Australia - A teenage suspect discussed with a British accomplice packing a kangaroo with explosives before setting it loose on Australian police officers, prosecutors alleged on Thursday.

See Full Article

Sevdet Ramadan Besim was ordered in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday to stand trial in the Victoria state Supreme Court on charges that he planned an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers in April last year.

Besim, 19, pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to a plot to attack commemorative services in Melbourne or the neighbouring city of Dandenong to mark ANZAC Day, the annual April 25 commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings in Turkey. The campaign was the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I and hundreds of thousands attend commemoration services around Australia. Besim faces a potential life sentence in prison if convicted.

Besim and four alleged conspirators were arrested in Melbourne a week before ANZAC Day. He has been in custody since.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Besim discussed with a British-based accomplice in online conversations that a kangaroo could be packed with explosives, painted with "the IS symbol" and set loose on police.

Besim was also accused of planning to use a car to run over, then behead, a police officer.

Besim allegedly said in online communications he was "ready to fight these dogs on there (sic) doorstep."

"I'd love to take out some cops," Besim is alleged to have written. "I was gonna meet with them then take some heads."

Police allege Besim was motivated by an extremist ideology and had expressed support for terrorist organizations, particularly the Islamic State movement.

A British court in October sentenced a 15-year-old boy from Blackburn, northwestern England, for his part in the ANZAC Day plot.

In passing sentence in the Manchester Crown Court, Judge John Saunders said the teenager, who can't be named because of his age, would only be released when he was no longer a danger to the public. Saunders handed down a life sentence with no chance of parole for five years.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Yemen pleads with Saudis for $1B to prevent 'famine'

    World News CTV News
    SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's prime minister on Tuesday called on the Saudi-led coalition allied with his government to deposit $1 billion in the central bank to save the local currency from "complete collapse." In an emotional letter, Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir called on the coalition to act "now, not tomorrow," and said saving the rial means "saving Yemenis from inevitable famine. Source
  • Restaurant owner apologizes for booting breast-feeding woman

    World News CTV News
    FARGO, N.D. -- The manager of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Dakota has apologized for telling a breast-feeding mother to leave. Macy Hornung said she was kicked out of the restaurant in Fargo on Saturday because she was breast-feeding her baby without a cover, even though she said she was being discreet. Source
  • 'Feel like a monster:' Former Young Canadians worker may have crossed the line

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY - A longtime employee of a performance group that entertains at the Calgary Stampede says he "feels like a monster" and may have crossed the line with a number of young, male performers. Philip Heerema, who is 55, is on trial facing 20 charges including child pornography, sexual assault, luring a child via a computer and inciting sexual contact with a youth. Source
  • Speed Skating Canada launches investigation as coach takes leave on eye of Olympics

    Canada News CBC News
    A day after confirming head coach Michael Crowe has taken a leave of absence from the team less than a month before the Olympics, Speed Skating Canada says it is conducting an investigation.Canadian speed skaters lose head coach to leave of absence Source
  • Slithering eels found in Toronto mall washroom

    Canada News CTV News
    A pair of eels has been found in the restroom of an east-end Toronto mall. Mall staff told CTV Toronto that a customer found the eels inside a plastic bag in one of the Scarborough Town Centre’s washrooms on Monday afternoon. Source
  • HMCS St. John's departs Halifax for Mediterranean Sea deployment

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX - A departure ceremony is being held on the Halifax waterfront today for the crew of HMCS St. John's. The Royal Canadian Navy ship is headed to the Mediterranean Sea for a deployment with NATO forces. Source
  • No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds

    World News CBC News
    The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests. There's been an ongoing debate as to whether or not more earthquakes occur when the moon's tidal forces — its pull — is strongest. Source
  • Canadian shares buck global uptrend to head lower

    Canada News CBC News
    Canadian shares headed lower on Tuesday, bucking the uptrend in global markets as falling metal and oil prices weighed on the benchmark index. The S&P/TSX Composite Index was down 0.2 per cent to 16,329.40 points as of 12 p.m. Source
  • Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse

    World News CTV News
    SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit. Source
  • Baby found abandoned outside rushed to hospital

    Canada News CTV News
    A newborn infant has been rushed to hospital after it was found abandoned behind a commercial plaza in Toronto in freezing temperatures, police said. The baby was discovered outside near Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue just before 11 a.m. Source