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Australia tries suspected terrorist under new laws

[JURIST] Australian prosecutors on Monday accused a Pakistani-born Australian immigrant of planning to bomb one of two targets in Sydney in one of the first cases to be tried under the country's new post 9/11 anti-terrorism laws [text]. Faheem Khalid Lodhi, who immigrated to Australia [JURIST news archive] in 1996, has pleaded not guilty to four charges and is being tried by a jury at the New South Wales Supreme Court [official website]. Prosecutors stated that an October 2003 search of Lodhi's home produced a terrorist manual that indicated the defendant's plans to bomb either an electrical supply system or defense installations in Sydney. Lodhi's defense will begin its case on Wednesday, and the trial is expected to last up to eight weeks. AAP has local coverage. Reuters has more.

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