A MAN whose home was raided over an alleged terror plot in Melbourne two years ago believes people who don’t sign a contract to live peacefully with Muslims should leave Australia or be executed.
Ibrahim Abbas is giving evidence against his younger brother Hamza Abbas, 23, cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and friend Ahmed Mohamed, 25, who are on trial in the Supreme Court, accused of conspiring to prepare an attack in Melbourne’s CBD on Christmas Day 2016.
Mr Abbas was arrested on December 22 that year over the plot, which prosecutors allege targeted Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.
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In a police interview played to jurors on Monday, Mr Abbas said 20 police came to his home and arrested him.
He was quizzed about his support for Islamic State, the caliphate and Sharia Law, which he believed should be implemented in Australia for all Muslims and non-Muslims.
“They would have to sign a contract to live with, among Muslims in peace,” he said.
“Whoever does not sign the contract either leaves the country or is executed.”
Mr Abbas developed his views listening to scholars like Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged IS recruiter.
He also watched “major release” Islamic State videos designed to update watchers on recent events, attacks and show beheadings.
But he gave up social media and watching political videos around the time his home was previously raided.
“After I got raided I just felt like me being on social media is of no benefit to myself and my views,” he said, noting he had been banned from Facebook five times for posting pictures of Islamic State.
He did continue to use encrypted messaging app Telegram under username ShiaSlayer, but stopped about six months before his 2016 arrest. Mr Abbas told police he was aware of instructional bomb-making videos, and that Mohamed had directed him to one about a month earlier.
“He knows that I’m, ah, a fan or I follow IS and, or I agree with their ideology, so he thought that it’d be nice to tell me,” he said. The video gave instruction on using hydrogen peroxide to make explosives, a product Mr Abbas previously testified he had gone with some of the accused to buy at a chemist.
Mr Abbas also told police a visit to Federation Square with his brother, Chaarani and Mohamed was to get ice cream and walk around.
Last week, he told the court it was then that he suggested the men “just picture a terrorist attack over here”.
The trial continues.