Logan man Agim Kruezi jailed for 17 years over terror plot - Kogonuso


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Jul 30, 2018

Logan man Agim Kruezi jailed for 17 years over terror plot

A Queensland man who was planning a terrorist attack on Australian soil has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.

Agim Kruezi, 25, was arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Logan in September 2014, and pleaded guilty to making acts of preparation for a terrorist attack and making preparatory acts for incursion to a foreign state.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Kruezi bought a sawn-off rifle and equipment to make Molotov cocktails, to be used in the terrorist attack.

Justice Roslyn Atkinson said it was necessary for counter-terrorism officers to arrest Kruezi when they did "in my view, to prevent an attack".

"[Your] defence submits there was no suggestion of an imminent attack," she said.

"[But] I am satisfied you were well underway in planning an attack using the hardware you had acquired."

Kruezi's family sat behind him in court, and his father wept as the sentence was read out.

Justice Atkinson also said she was not convinced Kruezi no longer held extreme views.

"There is no evidence that you have changed your views," she said.

"I see no evidence of remorse.

"You also valued your beliefs over the safety and lives of people who live and work in this community."

Earlier, the court heard Kruezi used money set aside for a trip to Syria to plan an attack on Australian soil in a public place.

When he was arrested, officers discovered a loaded 0.22 semi-automatic sawn-off rifle, two balaclavas, two machetes, a letter from DFAT saying his passport was cancelled, a photocopy of a book titled Jihad, and an Islamic State flag pinned to his bedroom wall.

Officers also found two videos on his laptop of Kruezi shooting arrows into a styrofoam head and instructions on how to behead in the correct way.Allyson Horn

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