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NRB residing in Australia jailed for Bangladesh terror attack plot

  • Published at 04:41 pm October 12th, 2021
Nowroz Rayed Amin
Nowroz Rayed Amin during his arrest in 2018 Collected

He pleads guilty this year to planning for a terrorist act, and intentionally attempting to export goods that advocated the doing of a terrorist act

A 30-year-old Australian of Bangladeshi-origin, impersonating a culinary enthusiast, has been jailed for five years and four months for planning a terror attack in Bangladesh, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Nowroz Rayed Amin was a committed supporter of Islamic State between May 2015 and February 2016 when he spoke to two men in Bangladesh on social media and discussed his plans to travel there.

He told his Bangladeshi contacts in August 2015 that he would travel there soon because “he needed a little bit of cooking class”.

However, Amin was stopped at Sydney Airport on February 7, 2016 and found with camouflage gear, tactical boots and an electronic copy of the bomb-making manual The Anarchist Cookbook.

A search of his luggage also uncovered Australian and Bangladesh currency.

The electronic copies also contained terrorist-related material including 10 issues of the Islamic State online magazine, an online publication suggesting a battle strategy of driving into a military base and detonating a vehicle.

There were also videos of executions and suicide bombings.

Amin the claimed the material was to educate his cousin in Bangladesh and dissuade him from joining Islamic State.

More than two years later, in June 2018, he was arrested in Sydney’s south-west. He pleaded guilty this year to doing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, and intentionally attempting to export goods that advocated the doing of a terrorist act.

On Monday, NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Garling said Amin gave the impression in his online communications that “an attack of some sort was going to happen in Australia”, however Amin maintained that he was simply “boasting, trying to make a name for himself” so he would be recruited by a group in Bangladesh.

Prosecutors had argued Amin was planning for a terrorist act in Australia, Bangladesh or Syria, however Amin denied this. He said any such act was only planned for Bangladesh.

Justice Garling accepted Amin’s evidence. He said Amin was a relatively young man, aged 24, at the time of the offences and had now rejected Islamic State ideology, telling the court that his previous violent views were from being “an immature and irrational person”.

When the sentence was delivered, a visibly relieved Amin put his hands on his face and briefly dropped to the ground to pray.

He will be eligible for parole in June 2022 with time already served.

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