Despite the fact Ahmad Azaddin Rahmany was arrested in last week’s counter-terrorism raids, his solicitor was quick to point out he is not a terrorist.
The 24-year-old Merrylands mechanic appeared in Fairfield Local Court today where a large contingent of media attended.
Mr Rahmany’s defence lawyer immediately stated in court, “This offence had nothing to do with terrorism.”
Mr Rahmany was arrested last Thursday in Australia’s biggest ever counter-terrorism raids across Sydney’s north-west and Brisbane’s south-east.
Operation Appleby involved 800 police officers from Australian Federal Police and NSW Police. The raids were sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic State was planning a random public execution in Sydney.
In court today Mr Rahmany pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition.
Magistrate James Coombes handed down a two year good behaviour bond for possession of a taser (that no longer worked) and a $500 fine for four rounds of ammunition.
Omarjan Azari, who was also arrested during the raids, appeared in court last week on the charge of plotting a terrorist attack at Sydney’s Martin Place in the name of terrorist organisation Islamic State.
– Lily Mayers, video presented and produced by Alex Lee
Top photo by Mohammad Rassawala.