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No bail for terror accused

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By Daniel Fogarty

A Melbourne man who was found with al-Qaeda magazines that described how to engage in violent jihad and gave tips on making bombs has been refused bail.

Adnan Karabegovic, 23, considered Australians to be ''dirty convict pigs'' and ''filthy kafir'' and was committed to a course of action that conflicted with the community, the Melbourne Magistrates Court has been told.

He was recorded in telephone intercepts speaking of his desire to smash a local Cambodian temple because the people there were ''idol worshippers'', the court heard at his bail application yesterday.

Karabegovic, who has been charged with collecting documents linked with the preparation of a terrorist act, also allegedly spoke of a wish to train in Bosnia.

A piece of paper secreted in the back of a picture frame at Karabegovic's home had the names of chemicals used in bombs, the court heard.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg refused Karabegovic bail, saying it could not be said that the prosecution case was weak.

He said the fact that Karabegovic's wife was pregnant, and he had an offer of employment, family support and an offer of surety, did not amount to exceptional circumstances for bail to be granted.

In opposing bail, prosecutor Jeremy Rapke, QC, told the court that Karabegovic had spoken of a desire to go to Bosnia and train.

''Here we have a man who is speaking of carrying out violent acts for religious purposes,'' Mr Rapke said. ''He has a commitment to that as a way of life.''

Four issues of the al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire, were found on a USB drive when police raided Karabegovic's home, an affidavit tendered in court shows.

Articles in the magazines included instruction on making a bomb from ingredients found in a kitchen. Another discussed how to adapt a vehicle by welding blades to the front and using it to drive through a crowded area.

During the raid on his home, Karabegovic told police he didn't look at the articles and had only read the opinion section of the magazine. AAP

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