UnNews:John Howard… charged with terrorism offences
11 May 2006
Police have laid three terrorism-related charges against John Howard… who is already facing a charge of fraudulently obtaining explosives after police raided his home on Tuesday night. It is alleged they found enough explosive material to blow up five suburban blocks, possibly Iraqi ones. John has been remanded in custody and will appear in the Federal court tomorrow over the new charges. Detective Police Superintendent Paul Wilson says it is the first time anyone has been charged with these particular terrorism offences. "These charges emanate from the Commonwealth Criminal Code, and the charges are an act done in preparation for terrorist acts; using a carriage service to make a threat; using a carriage service to make a bomb threat - that is a telecommunications device," he said. "Further charges of fraud and charges under the explosives regulation will be also preferred in relation to this 40-year-old." Howard faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court earlier this afternoon charged with fraudulently obtaining the explosives. His lawyer Andrew Boe says his client is not a terrorist. "I think the public should and the media should just drop the ante a little bit about being too preoccupied that this has got anything to do with terrorism. It hasn't," he said. When asked about his association with the coalition of the willing his lawyers said "He's not associated with any terrorist organisations, there is a completely plausible and non-nefarious explanation for the circumstances in which he finds himself."
- abc.net.au "charged with terrorism offences" ', Thursday, May 11, 2006