Australian teenager wanted to fill kangaroo with explosives in Anzac Day terror plot
Sevdet Besim, 19, discussed plans online with British teenager, saying he would “love to take out some cops. I was gonna meet with them then take some heads”.
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
10:18AM GMT 28 Jan 2016, Telegraph
An Australian terror suspect and a British teenager allegedly planned to pack a kangaroo with explosives, paint it with a symbol of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and set it loose on police.
Sevdet Besim, 19, was one of five people arrested last April as part of an alleged plot which involved plans to behead a police officer last year on April 25, during Anzac Day commemorations for fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers.
Sevdet Besim dressed combat-style in Australia.
Besim allegedly discussed his plans online with a British boy, then aged 14.
A court in Melbourne heard that Besim wrote that he would “love to take out some cops”.
“I was gonna meet with them then take some heads ahaha,” he allegedly wrote.
The alleged kangaroo plot emerged from a prosecution summary of internet communication during the early morning of March 20 last year.
Sevdet Besim raises his index finger, a gesture used by Isil to signify their cause.
“Communications resume in the early hours of Thursday 20 March 2015 with an image being sent by BESIM with a comment of ‘look what I got ahaha’,” the court heard.
“The conversation continues with BESIM detailing what he did that day and they have a general discussion around animals and wildlife in Australia including a suggestion that a kangaroo could be packed with C4 explosive, painted with the Isil symbol and set loose on police officers.”
Besim is accused of planning to run over and behead an officer and shoot bystanders using the officer’s gun. He has pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to planning an attack, and faces a potential life sentence if convicted. A fifth charge was dropped.
The 15-year-old appears in court in Manchester, flanked by his parents.
A British teenager, now 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty last year to one count of inciting terrorism overseas and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to a life sentence.
Mr Justice Saunders said the teenager would be released only when he was no longer a danger to the public.
The 14-year-old British schoolboy is charged with plotting to attack police in Melbourne durin Anzac Day.