Two terrorists who fired a mosque now claim to reject ISIS and & # 39; sorry & # 39; are for the attack
- Abdullah Chaarani and Ahmen Mohamed have & # 39; sorry & # 39; said and ISIS rejected
- The couple have been convicted of three for a terrorist attack on a Melbourne mosque
- They were found guilty of fire bombing at the Imam Ali Islamic Center in 2016
- But fellow offender Hatim Moukhaiber did not consider himself radicalized
Two of the three men convicted of a terrorist attack at a mosque in Melbourne say they regret their crimes and reject the Islamic state.
Abdullah Chaarani, Ahmed Mohamed and Hatim Moukhaiber were found guilty of committing a terrorist act earlier this year by bombing the imam Ali Islamic center in Fawkner in December 2016 with fire.
Chaarani and Mohamed were also sentenced weeks earlier for a failed attack on the mosque.
Chaarani has apologized and renounced to this court and to the general public the ideology of ISIS, his barrister Patrick Tehan QC told the Supreme Court of Victoria on Wednesday.
"He says that the crime he was found guilty of is horrible and wrong and accepts the suffering he has inflicted on the mosque community," said Tehan.
But justice Andrew Tinney was skeptical and said that if Chaarani changed his mind, it would have raised his head sooner.
He added Chaarani & # 39; s sudden indictment of IS and an apology to the court and the mosque, seemed & # 39; self-sufficient & # 39 ;.
Mohamed's lawyer, Matthew Page, said his client was also sorry and rejected ISIS.
During the trial of the trio, the court was told that the words & # 39; Islamic state & # 39; were sprayed on the outside of the mosque, which was almost completely destroyed in the fire.
Mohamed and Chaarani were convicted of five men last year for planning a terror attack against Federation Square, St Paul & # 39; s Cathedral and Flinders Street station on Christmas Day in 2016.
Abdullah Chaarani, Ahmed Mohamed and Hatim Moukhaiber were found guilty of committing a terrorist act earlier this year by the bombing of the Imam Ali Islamic Center (photo)
Their co-perpetrator in the mosque attack, Moukhaiber, did not consider themselves radicalized, his lawyer Felicity Gerry told the court.
But she also said he had previously asked to participate in a prison de-radicalization program.
Prosecutors rejected the reversal of Chaarani and Mohamed as opportunistic and asked them to gain almost no weight.
During the trial, Mohamed and Moukhaiber denied the bombing of the mosque while Chaarani admitted that he participated in it but claimed it was an act of protest, not terror.
The men will be sentenced at a later date.
Chaarani and Mohamed have & # 39; sorry & # 39; said for the attacks and have rejected ISIS (photo: outside Imam Ali Islamic Center)
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