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    Architect found guilty in Sydney terror case http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top13.htm&date=20060620 SYDNEY, June 19: A Pakistan-born architect
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      Architect found guilty in Sydney terror case
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top13.htm&date=20060620


      SYDNEY, June 19: A Pakistan-born architect accused of plotting a
      "jihad" bombing campaign in Australia was convicted on three
      terrorism-related charges on Monday and could face life in jail.
      Faheem Khalid Lodhi, 36, had been accused of planning to blow up the
      electrical grid in the city of Sydney as well as several defence sites
      in 2003.

      A jury at the city's Supreme Court rejected his claim that he was
      planning for future business ventures when he used a false name to buy
      maps of the Sydney grid and inquire about purchasing chemicals which
      could be used to make bombs.

      The indictment said Lodhi, who denied four counts of preparing to
      commit a terrorist act, had the intent of advancing a political,
      religious or ideological cause, namely jihad.

      Prosecutors have linked Lodhi, also known as Abu Hamza, to Frenchman
      Willie Brigitte, who was deported in late 2003 after being accused of
      plotting a major attack in Sydney.

      Brigitte, who remains in custody in France, is suspected of links to
      Al Qaeda and both he and Lodhi are alleged to have trained with
      Lashkar-i-Taiba.

      Lodhi was found guilty on three counts, including writing what the
      prosecution described as a "terrorism manual." He was acquitted on the
      fourth charge of downloading aerial photographs of defence sites for a
      purpose connected with terrorism.

      Lodhi showed no emotion as the jury of six men and six women delivered
      their verdicts on the charges, which carry a maximum sentence of life
      imprisonment.

      Lodhi, who has Australian citizenship, had denied that he had any
      intention of launching an attack. "This country is my country and
      these people are my people," he said while giving evidence in his own
      defence. "The killing of innocent people is not part of Islam."—AFP

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