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Abdul Nacer Benbrika Biography
Abdul Nacer Benbrika, 60, and 15 other men were charged in 2005 with conspiring to blow up the MCG on the day of the AFL Grand Final.
Benbrika was also planning to carry out terrorist attacks at various crowded Melbourne locations and Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, and was discussing the assassination of then-Prime Minister John Howard.
The notorious jihadist was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2009 with a 12-year parole period.
Benbrika completed his sentence on November 5, but was detained after the Supreme Court of Victoria found that he still held extremist views and was at high risk of recidivism.
Benbrika had appealed to the High Court
where his lawyers argued that the law was punishing him for what he could hypothetically do, not for what he had done.
On Wednesday, the High Court upheld the Supreme Court’s decision to keep him in jail.
Victoria Judge Andrew Tinney said Benbrika had received visits in jail from people who later went and fought abroad.
“If the defendant had been visited by an apparently troublesome person many years ago, that would be one thing,” he said, ABC reports.
“But he was visited by 15 troublesome people over the years from the time of his incarceration.”
Benbrika once said his group of followers needed to kill at least 1000 non-believers to make the Australian government withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
In 2005 police recordings, Benrika was heard telling his followers: ‘If we want to die from jihad, we have to take maximum damage. Maximum damage. Damage their buildings, everything. It hurts their lives. ‘
Last year, the Australian government canceled Benbrika’s citizenship. Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said that Benbrika would be sent back to Algeria once he is released.
“I canceled the Australian citizenship of convicted terrorist Benbrika, [making him the first individual to lose citizenship on the ground,” he said in November.
“No matter who he is, if he is a person who poses a significant terrorist risk to our country, then we will do everything possible within Australian law to protect Australians.”