Monday, August 21, 2006


Another day, another example of the law being an ass:

THE families of terror victims have described the decision by an appeals court to release "Jihad" Jack Thomas - the first man jailed under the Howard Government's new terrorism laws - as a farce.

A Melbourne court's decision yesterday to quash the conviction of the Muslim convert - who met Osama bin Laden and other al-Qa'ida operatives just months before the September 11 attacks - was embarrassing for the Government and the Australian Federal Police and distressing for families of terror victims.

Although Mr Thomas could face fresh terror charges arising out of an ABC interview conducted in his Melbourne home during the trial and aired after the conviction, Peter Iliffe, the father of a Bali bombing victim, said the decision to free him showed how "disconnected the judiciary was from reality"

But as usual, I only post about it here because it contains an unintentional piece of hilarity:

The judgment, which found his interview with federal police inadmissable, was received with gasps in a packed courtroom. Mr Thomas, who trained with fellow Australian David Hicks in an al-Qa'ida camp in Afghanistan before being caught in an al-Qa'ida guesthouse in Pakistan run by September 11 planner Rami bin al-Shiha, bowed his head in the dock and wept.

"Hallelujah, hallelujah," he said outside court, beaming and hugging his daughter

"Hallelujah", Jack? I think someone needs a little less terrorism training and a little more etymology.


Blogger ntk said...

"Hallelujah, hallelujah," he said outside court, beaming and hugging his daughter.

Maybe he said Allah-lujah? (chortle, guffaw)

At any rate, I wonder what he'll say when he's reconvicted and resentenced.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

Oy vey, presumably.

9:36 AM  
Blogger ntk said...


4:46 PM  

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