France-Australia terror links detailed

16th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (AFP) - A man who allegedly had links to French terror suspect Willie Brigitte appeared in a Sydney court on Tuesday charged with lying to Australia's intelligence agency.

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (AFP) - A man who allegedly had links to French terror suspect Willie Brigitte appeared in a Sydney court on Tuesday charged with lying to Australia's intelligence agency.

Abdul Rakid Hasan is charged with two counts of making misleading statements about Brigitte under questioning by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in 2003.

Brigitte allegedly plotted to carry out an attack in Sydney. He was deported in October 2003 to France where he remains in custody facing terror charges.

Hasan, who has not entered a plea, helped find accommodation for Brigitte in Sydney's south-west on three occasions, according to a police statement to the court.

The 35-year-old allegedly had 23 telephone conversations with Brigitte, who he knew as 'Jamal', between June 12 and September 29, 2003.

Questioned by Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers after Brigitte's deportation, Hasan allegedly said he had only spoken to 'Jamal' about three times during that period.

Hasan also denied helping Brigitte find accommodation after he arrived in Australia in May 2003.

"The statement was misleading because Hasan knew that he had helped arrange accommodation at three different premises in Sydney and had given assistance to 'Jamal' during that period," the police statement said.

It said intelligence suggested Brigitte posed a terror threat to Australia while in the country and officers had questioned Hasan while seeking further information on the Frenchman.

Hasan was interviewed for a total of more than 10 hours on four separate occasions after Brigitte's deportation. He is accused of making the misleading statements on November 8 and 21.

Hasan, who is on bail, will reappear on September 13.

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