A convicted terrorist who once espoused the virtues of Osama Bin Laden will stay in an Australian prison after Victoria’s Supreme Court deemed him too risky to release. Subscribe: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Read more here:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-24/terrorist-abdul-nacer-benbrika-to-stay-in-jail/13012810
Even though Abdul Nacer Benbrika has completed his 15-year jail term, he will remain behind bars until 2023 after the Federal Government convinced Justice Andrew Tinney to impose what is known as a continuing detention order.
The order allows Australian supreme courts to keep convicted terrorists in custody for up to three years after they finish their sentences, in order to protect the public.
The order can also be extended. It will start today.
Benbrika was jailed after authorities uncovered that he was the “guiding light” for a terrorist cell that was planning attacks on high-profile targets and discussing the assassination of then-prime minister John Howard.
The 60-year-old was arrested in 2005 and was convicted four years later by the Supreme Court, which ordered him to spend 15 years in prison.
With time served prior to sentencing, he has now completed that sentence.
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