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Man sentenced for terror book

September 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Australian court sentenced a former Qantas Airways baggage handler wanted on terrorism-related charges in Lebanon to 12 years in prison for publishing a do-it-yourself jihad book on the Internet.

A New South Wales state Supreme Court jury found Belal Khazaal, 39, guilty of making a document that could assist terrorism. The book is not linked with a known attack.

The Lebanese-born resident of Sydney denied the charge and said the book was not intended to incite terrorist acts.

The 110-page book published in September 2003 contained instructions for acts such as detonating bombs, shooting down planes from the ground, and assassinating senior U.S. and Australian government officials, including President Bush.

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