Jury out in sydney terrorism trial
The former NSW premier described the killing as a “shooting”
THE murder of one of Sydney’s most popular politicians has been officially labelled an act of terrorism.
The 19-year-old father-of-two, who ran an independent youth outreach scheme run in Sydney’s inner west, was gunned down at his home on Wednesday morning.
Police say the killing is considered an act of terrorism after the dead youth’s body was found nearby, surrounded by the bodies of two accomplices.
A jury found Mohammed Osman Qadhi not guilty of the murder and conspiracy charges yesterday afternoon.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said today’s conviction was “a great victory for the victims and their families and for justice across NSW”, and he urged the nation to unite “in a sense of common purpose”.
“While we mourn the tragic loss of the community’s greatest politician it is now incumbent upon us all to unite in a sense of common purpose so that we can continue to support those in this community struggling and bearing the consequences of the terrorist attack on July 1.
“It is in this spirit that I say the murder of Andrew’s father, who was gunned down so brutally because he dared to stand up against the extremists who wish to attack and weaken us.
“In his last moments Andrew told me of how his father had never fought against extremism and never once questioned the need for unity and to build a stronger community together. I have never been able to understand why that would change in any way.
“The murderer and the accomplice deserve death, but I will not rest until these hate crimes are brou서산안마 서산출장샵ght to justice.”
Police have yet to comment publicly on the name of the murdered man.
Mr Qadhi told media he wanted to serve community and he believed in community, the ABC reported.
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