UK boy, 14, convicted of plotting Aus terror attack

2015-10-01 19:48
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London - A 14-year-old British boy planned and organised a major terror plot to kill police officers in Australia that could have left several people dead, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

Prosecution lawyer Paul Greaney said the boy, radicalised by online propaganda from the Islamic State group, plotted the attack "from the bedroom of his parents' suburban home" in Blackburn, north-western England.

"In the event, fortunately, the authorities here and in Australia intervened and a plot that would in all probability have resulted in a number of deaths was thwarted," he said.

Greaney spoke at a sentencing hearing for the teenager, who is now 15 and one of Britain's youngest convicted terrorists. The boy, who can't be named because of his age, has admitted inciting terrorism.

Prosecutors say he conspired with 18-year-old Australian suspect Sevdet Besim to behead police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne.

Anzac Day is the annual April 25 commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings - the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I.

The boy was arrested in April, after Australian police detained Besim and several others on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Greaney said the arrests foiled "a major terrorist plot in its late stages, orchestrated from the north of England but to be carried out in Melbourne".

Judge John Saunders is due to sentence the teenager on Friday at Manchester Crown Court.

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