Ringleader: Police found six documents in the home of terror group chief Sulayman Khalid – who appeared on the SBS Insight program wearing the symbol of Islamic State in 2014
Crying out ‘the time is NOW!!!’ and scheming about ‘martyrdom’, these are the menacing handwritten notes at the heart of a terrorist conspiracy before a jihadi group was shut down by police.
Six wannabe jihadists have been jailed for more than 80 years for offences relating to preparations for a plot which involved killing police and attacking government targets.
In the group’s sights were the Federal Police headquarters in Sydney and Lithgow jail in the central west of New South Wales.
And now – almost three years after they were discovered by police at the home of ringleader Sulayman Khalid – the jihadist network’s chilling notes have been revealed in full.
Scrawled in lead pencil and what appears to be blue gel pen, the original correspondence was published for the first time in a NSW Supreme Court judgment on Friday.
Variously written by Khalid’s co-accused Jibryl Alamouie and brother Mohamed, Ibrahim Ghazzawy and Farhad said, the notes outlined details of the group’s plans – which included a plot to commit ‘gorilla warfare’ (sic) in the bushland west of Sydney.
The extraordinary letters show the young band of jihadis using codewords – describing guns as ‘motorbikes’ and ‘cake’ as ammunition – as well as sharing advice on how to avoid the authorities.
‘ARE WE STILL GOING TO WAIT!!!’ This is one page of a jihadist’s impatient rant – which was found within terror ringleader Sulayman Khalid’s western Sydney home three years ago
‘You can’t tell us NO!!! ACT NOW!!! THEN WHEN?’ wrote Jibryl Alamouie, who was sentenced to 14 years two months non-parole
One of the jihadists was particularly impatient: ‘Weve been waiting for years ARE WE STILL GOING TO WAIT!!!’ one note shown to the court said.
‘Enough is enough these pigs (Australians) are fighting our brothers in Ash-sham (Syria) and here in Aus and yous still want to wait…
‘The time is NOW!!!’.
One of the six co-accused – a minor – posed in a number of pictures with guns
‘We will break the ICE here in AUS… We want to humiliate these dogs.’
But that opportunity never came after police discovered the letters during a raid on Khalid’s Regents Park home in December 2014.
Detectives stormed the-then 20-year-old’s suburban residence in the fevered days which followed gunman Man Haron Monis’s Lindt cafe terrorist siege.
Most of the notes were found in his bedroom. One letter was found ripped up in his kitchen.
Forensic evidence found the five of the men had either penned, or handled, the sinister notes.
‘If we are going to do the istishadi (meaning ‘martyrdom’ or ‘heroic death’) the AFP building is a good target, its in (Parramatta) or the city,’ another of the notes said.
The Australian Federal Police building in Sydney was described as a ‘good target’ by jihadists
‘Might as well do something major’: This is the note where conspirator Ibrahim Ghazzawy said the AFP building was a good target for ‘martyrdom’
‘Like the brother said, they will catch up with us anyway so same thing.
‘Helicopters and all that so we are going to fight till shahada anyway so we might as well do something major’.
Another series of notes found outlined the supposed guerilla warfare plot: ‘The plan is gorilla warfare.
‘We are going to go to the woods and attack the dogs there, Blue mountains and surrounding forests.’
It then went on to detail a bizarre plan to convert Indigenous people to Islam and lead an army.
‘If we make progress we will attack is’: Lithgow Jail (pictured) was nominated as another target in a document written by Ibrahim Ghazzawy and Farhad Said
‘The plan is gorilla warfare, we are going to go to the woods and attack the dogs there’
‘All of us, Gorilla warfare?’ (sic): The full note where the jail is outlined as a possible target
The men floated the idea of a siege in Sydney’s Blue Mountains (pictured)
A sixth co-accused – who cannot be named as he was 14 at the time of the offences – did not write the letters, but sourced guns at his uncle’s house which could be used in any attack and posed for pictures with them.
Khalid, who once featured on SBS’s Insight program wearing the Islamic State slogan, was jailed for a maximum 22 years and six months last week.
He, Jibryl Alamouie and the juvenile each pleaded guilty to conspiring to do acts in preparation for a terrorist attack. Alamouie was handed close to 20 years jail and the minor more than 13 years imprisonment.
Mohamed Alamouie was handed nine years imprisonment and Said nine years and six months. Both pleaded guilty to knowingly making a documented connected with the preparation of a terrorist act.
Co-accused Ghazzawy was jailed for up to eight-and-a-half years jail time earlier this year for the same offence.
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