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Sydney: terrorist had planned attacks on Etihad Airways aircraft

Sentenced to forced labor

Mahmoud Khayat, and his brother Khaled Khayat were accused in 2017 of having planned two terrorist attacks on an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi: the first with the intention of detonating a bomb hidden in a meat grinder, the second through a gaseous chemical compound to be released in the flying plane. While Khaled had been convicted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May, the jury was unable to issue a verdict against Mahmoud.

Yesterday on September 19, the trial ended with a sentence of indictment for planning "the terrorist act". The police claimed that the explosives used to manufacture the bomb had come from Turkey as part of a project "inspired and directed" by the "Islamic State" (ISIS). The military court then sentenced the other three Khayat brothers (Khaled, Mahmoud and Tareq) in absentia to forced labor for life.

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