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Last updated on August 10th, 2017 at 12:54 pm
Three face terrorism charges in Melbourne:
One of three men charged with terrorism-related offences has told a court this afternoon he is a victim of a police plot against Muslims.
Brunswick man Bassam Raad, charged with belonging to and helping finance a terrorist organisation, made the accusation during an unsuccessful bail application at Melbourne Magistrates Court.
“You may not believe me but I am innocent. They have framed me,” he told Magistrate Paul Smith.
“Because I’m a Muslim this (anti-terrorism legislation) affects me. These (court officials) are all non-Muslims and you all work against us.”
Bassam Raad, 24, described how police arrived with batons outside his house on Friday evening and arrested him, and said officers accused him of having a machine gun.
“I own a $200 car. How would I have the money to buy a machine gun?”
Poverty breeds terrorism. Mr Raad and one of his co-accused were last noticed behaving in an (allegedly) interventionist fashion outside the court appearance of other terror-accused folk.
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