Father who was acquitted to be part of a plot to blow up an Etihad passenger plane by hiding bombs in a Barbie doll and a meat grinder returns to Australia to resume his life
- Amer Khayat was acquitted of a plot to blow up a commercial flight from Sydney
- The 42-year-old has now returned to Australia hoping to restart his life
- The Australian-Lebanese man from Sydney has been in custody since 2017
- He was accused of being involved in a plot to blow up an Etihad flight
- Two of his brothers were found guilty of the bombing attempt earlier this year
A father who was acquitted of planning a terrorist attack on an Etihad aircraft over the Blue Mountains has returned to Australia to resume his life.
Amer Khayat, 42, and his brothers were arrested in connection with a plot in 2017 to blow up a flight in Abu Dhabi from Sydney by hiding bombs in a meat grinder and Barbie doll.
While his brothers were found guilty of the attempted bombing, the father of two was acquitted of his involvement in the Lebanon military court.
Amer Khayat (photo) and his brothers were arrested for their role in a 2017 plot to blow up a flight in Abu Dhabi from Sydney by hiding bombs in a meat grinder and Barbie doll
Khayat's lawyer, Jocelyne al-Rai, told it News Corp. Australia that the 42-year-old was flown back to Australia on a commercial flight last week.
& # 39; He was alone, there were no Australian authorities at & # 39 ;, she said.
Khayat had not informed his lawyer about what he intended to do now that he was back in Australia.
After his release from a prison in Lebanon last month, Khayat lived with his brother in the city of Tripoli.
He is desperate to reunite with his two teenage daughters because he had no contact with them when they changed their telephone numbers and he separated from their mother.
Khayat was accused of helping his brother, Tarek Khayat, 46, an ISIS commander, in the thwarted terrorist plot in July 2017.
Allegedly his brothers used him as a suicide bomber because they believed he was a & # 39; bad Muslim & # 39; was because he drank alcohol.
Khaled Khayat was found guilty in May of conspiracy, between mid-January and late July 2017, to prepare or plan a terrorist act
A father acquitted of planning an ISIS terrorist attack on an Etihad aircraft over the Blue Mountains has returned to Australia to resume his life (stock image)
The two bombs were discovered when one of the accused had his hand luggage checked and the check-in clerk informed him that he could not get a second-hand bag.
The two explosives were in the separate bags, one in a Barbie doll and the other in a meat grinder.
If the plot was successful, it would have killed the 400 passengers and crew within 20 minutes of the flight, according to reports.
It was claimed that the men relied on prior knowledge at Sydney Airport to successfully bring the bombs past security checkpoints.
Khaled Khayat, 51, was found guilty of conspiring and planning a terrorist act in the NSW Supreme Court in May.
His brother, Mahmoud Khayat, 34, was found guilty of planning or preparing a terrorist act in September.
Tarek admitted that he was a financial officer for the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, and was sentenced to face death by hanging up last year.
Mahmoud and Khaled Khayat showed confrontational images outside Australia's busiest airport in 2017 with their luggage – and a bomb
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