Faheem Khalid Lodhi
|Faheem Khalid Lodhi|
|Born||1969 (age 48–49)
|Criminal penalty||20 years jail with a non-parole period of 15 years|
|Criminal status||In custody|
|Conviction(s)||Guilty on 19 June 2006|
Faheem Khalid Lodhi (Urdu: فہیم خالد لودھی) (also known as Abu Hamza. b. 1969, Pakistan) is a convicted Pakistani–Australian criminal and architect, currently serving an Australian custodial sentence of twenty years, with a non-parole period of fifteen years for conspiring to commit a terrorist act or acts. Lodhi was the first convicted Australian terrorist under amendments made to the Criminal Code Act in May 2003.
Early life and education
Arrest, trial, and aftermath
On 26 October 2003, following an investigation by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, police and ASIO raided Lodhi's Lakemba home and workplace and discovered evidence of a terrorist plot. He was accused of plotting to bomb the national electricity grid and/or Sydney defence sites in the cause of violent jihad. His possible targets were the national electricity supply system and three Sydney defence installations; the army base Victoria Barracks, the naval base HMAS Penguin, and the army training area Holsworthy Barracks.
During his trial, the court was told he and Willie Brigitte, who was deported in October 2003 for breaching his tourist visa, trained in Pakistan with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had contact using mobile phones registered under false names. The court was also told he helped arrange accommodation for Brigitte when he arrived in Sydney, in May 2003.
At the ruling, Justice Anthony Wheally commented that Lodhi had "the intent of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause, namely violent jihad" and to "instil terror into members of the public so that they could never again feel free from the threat of bombing in Australia".
- acting in preparation for a terrorist act, an offence carrying a maximum life sentence;
- seeking information about chemicals capable of making explosives; and,
- possessing a "terrorism manual" and buying two maps of the electricity grid, connected with preparation for a terrorist act.
The jury found that Lodhi was not guilty of one charge of downloading aerial photographs of Sydney defence sites in preparation of a terror act.
- "An Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995, and for related purposes", from ComLaw.gov.au
- Canter, David (2009). The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. John Wiley & Sons.
- Wallace, Natasha (19 June 2006). "Lodhi guilty of terror plot". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Sydney architect accused of terrorist acts". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2004.
- Wallace, Natasha (17 November 2005). "Accused terrorist faces trial for lying to ASIO". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Sales, Leigh (23 August 2006). "Sydney terrorism suspect jailed for 20 years". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
- "Pakistan-born guilty in jihad plot". 20 June 2006.[permanent dead link]
- Lamont, Leonie (23 August 2006). "Lodhi gets 20-year terror term". The Sydney Morning Herald.