Terror accused had bomb-making formula, court hears
An accused terrorist who allegedly kept a formula for making bombs hidden behind a framed photograph in his house will apply for bail in the Supreme Court next week.
A freshly shaven Adnan Karabegovic, 24, of Officer, has appeared via videolink from the Metropolitan Remand Centre in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with four counts of collecting the al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire, in connection with the preparation of a terrorist act. Each offence carries a maximum 15-year jail term.
Karabegovic has been in custody since his arrest on September 12 following raids on at least 11 properties in Melbourne's southeast.
Defence lawyer Matthew Goldberg told the court that seven witnesses would be called to a three-day committal hearing of the charges to be held in April.
Three of the witnesses were interpreters who would be given evidence on the nature of the Arabic and Bosnian conversations involving Karabegovic intercepted by the Australian Federal Police.
The analyses of these conversations provided by the prosecution were contested by the defence and would be examined at the committal hearing.
Mr Goldberg confirmed Karabegovic would make a bail application next Tuesday.
In an affidavit tendered during an earlier court hearing, the Federal Police claimed Karabegovic had a USB flash memory device in his trouser pocket containing four issues of Inspire magazine when arrested.
One issue had an article titled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mum", describing how to make an explosive device using readily available ingredients.
Another issue discussed how to adapt a four-wheel drive by welding blades to the front end before driving through crowded areas, striking as many people as possible.
There was also an article set across a picture of the Sydney Opera House describing shooting stances when using an AK-47 rifle.
Police said the USB stick also contained a number of electronic document files titled "Plans", including information on how to construct a semi-automatic machine gun and grenade, how to make tear gas and knock-out drops, and a guide on sniper weapons.
During the search of Karabegovic's home, police found a small piece of paper hidden in the back of a picture frame with the words "Nitric acid 2 gal" and "Amoniem nitret 1.5t", as well as handwritten notes on sniper tactics, two imitation handguns, large hunting knives, a laptop computer and two USB devices.
Nitric acid and ammonium nitrate are both precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of explosives.
The laptop computer and two USB devices contained approximately 145,000 images, more than 1000 videos, 30,000 audio files and 5000 other documents.
Police accused Karabegovic, who came to Australia when he was 7, of having a common affiliation with the Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre in Springvale South, which allegedly subscribed to "an extremist interpretation of Islam".
Karabegovic had spoken about going to Bosnia to train for terrorist activities and was committed to carrying out violent acts for religious purposes as a way of life, police claimed.
He was also allegedly involved in hanging a banner over a telephone exchange building in Roxburgh Park that read: "Get your troops out of Muslim lands you dirty convict pigs", while another banner unfurled on a Monash Freeway overpass at Malvern read "Get your troops out of Muslim lands you filthy kafir".
When interviewed by police, Karabegovic allegedly said that he thought he had deleted the documents from his USB stick; that he hadn't looked at the documents for months; that when he had looked at the documents he didn't look at the articles, but the opinion section; and that he knew he would get in trouble for having them as he was aware of a person in the United Kingdom who was arrested for possessing them.