Australian teen pleads guilty to planning IS attack

Melbourne, Dec 14 (IANS) An Australian teenager accused of preparing to carry out an Islamic State (IS)-inspired terror attack in Melbourne has pleaded guilty to the charge in court.

The 17-year-old male, from Melbourne, entered the plea in Supreme Court on Monday, Xinhua reported.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested in May after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided his home.

During the raid, police confiscated a number of items, including a pressure cooker, suspicious powder as well as nails and screws, which they alleged would form the basis of an improvised explosive device (IED).

Earlier this year, court documents revealed that police had uncovered an encrypted file entitled “Pressure Cooker Backpack Bomb with Switch Detonator and Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” on the teenager’s computer.

Police also discovered IS and Al-Qaeda propaganda material in the boy’s possession.

The AFP agents believe the boy was planning a suicide attack on Mother’s Day, Australia’s national day of appreciation for mothers, on May 10 2015.

Initially the teen was charged with three counts of terrorism-related offences, but on Monday the prosecution withdrew two of the charges.

As the boy is under the age of 18, the teen’s lawyer had sought to have the case heard in the Victorian Children’s Court, a move that was rejected by the judge due to the seriousness of the matter.

He will face a directions hearing in the county court on Thursday next week, according to prosecutors.

The teen did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

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  1. ariely shein
    December 14, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply

    The world if fighting the yesterday war and not the new Islamist war.

    The world conventions, organizations and rules are based on the ww1 and ww2 experience.
    This is not applicable to modern times Islamism.
    Currently the world acts like a group of blinds, deaf trying to defying what is an elephant by touching him.

    New war laws, criminal laws, a new UN with a charter to protect the world against the 21 century treats and not the 20 century, a new military organization replacing NATO and join forces with Russia, China and India against their common enemy- the radical Islam, their preachers, teachers and supporting countries are needed.
    On top of all courageous political leaders ready to call the spied a spied and change the way of confronting Islamism are needed.(opposite to Obama)

    ISIL is only one among more than 150 Islamist organizations using the terror tool.
    Either Sunni or Shia, they all share the same 1400 yeas goal.
    Imposing Islam worldwide by the power of the sward.
    What is new in their Islamist tactics?
    On modern times Islamist can fight on global scale without having large territories under their direct control.
    Islamist can be eliminated in one area but they will appear suddenly in a new are, continue their global fight
    Islamist are using modern technology of communication- multimedia- internet to indoctrinate, teach individuals how to make bombs, kill without the need of being in one place for training.

    Islamist can be everywhere and nowhere and suddenly strike.
    Islamist learn to use the modern times human rights, democracy, liberalism, open boarders for their protection and conduct worldwide indoctrination.
    Polls results show that 20% of Muslims support ISIL. It makes 300 million people.
    Many more support the other terror groups.
    Assume that the Islamist ideologies will succeed pursuing only 1 of 100.000 muslims to commit terror per a year basis.
    It will be 15.000 terrorist worldwide- per year.
    They can go forever terrorizing the world.
    People and politicians – wake up— make the much needed change as soon as possible

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