Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Convicted terrorist Faheem Khalid Lodhi has been sentenced a 20 years prison time by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.
Lodhi, a 36 year old Pakistani immigrant to Australia, was earlier in June convicted on three counts of terrorist related charges, planning to attack civilian targets and military installations. Justice Anthony Whealy commented at the court hearings that Lodhi had "the intent of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause, namely violent jihad".
Lodhi is the first person to be convicted under a new set of strict anti-terrorism laws enacted by the Australian Government in 2005 and the first person convicted of terrorist activities inside Australia.
Lodhi, who maintains his innocence, will be eligible for parole in 2019.
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== Sources ==
Leonie Lamont. "Lodhi 'deserves' 20 years" — The Age, August 23, 2006ABC News. "Lodhi sentence a 'stand against terrorism'" — ABC News, August 23, 2006Reuters. "Architect jailed for 20 years for Sydney terror plot" — Reuters, August 23, 2006Leonie Lamont. "Mystery path from architect to terrorist" — The Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2006