A Logan man bought a sawn-off rifle and equipment to make molotov cocktails to be used in a terrorist attack before his arrest in 2014, the Supreme Court in Brisbane has heard.
Agim Kruezi was arrested in counter terrorism raids in September 2014, and has pleaded guilty to making preparatory acts for incursion to a foreign state and acts of preparation for a terrorist attack.
During the sentencing hearing, the court was told Kruezi planned to travel to Syria in 2014 to join opposition forces to fight the Assad regime, but had his passport cancelled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) prior to his departure.
The court heard Kruezi then used the money set aside for his trip to Syria to plan an attack on Australian soil in a public place.
Crown prosecutor Lincoln Crowley told the court in the days before his arrest Kruezi purchased a jerry can with 10 litres of petrol, and went shopping for glass bottles with corks with the intention of making molotov cocktails.
When he was arrested officers discovered a loaded 0.22 semi-automatic sawn off rifle, two balaclavas, two machetes, a letter from DFAT saying his passport was cancelled, a photocopy of a book titled “Jihad”, and an Islamic State flag pinned to his bedroom wall.
Officers also found two videos on his laptop of Kruezi shooting arrows into a styrofoam head and instructions on how to behead in the correct way.
Agim Kruezi (right) purchased equipment to use in a terror attack before his arrest in 2014, the court heard. (ABC TV News)
Mr Crowley told the court the precise nature of the plan was yet to be established but that Kruezi had contemplated attracting the attention of law enforcement officers and launching an attack on them.
“The lack of specificity of the plan at that stage in our submission does not significantly diminish the objective seriousness of the offending,” Mr Crowley said.
Defence barrister John Allen QC told the court his client had reflected and formed the view that what he had planned was not something that would’ve advanced the cause of Islam.
“It would been harmful not only to Muslims but to all members of the community,” Mr Allen said.
“It’s not something which he would do again given the opportunity.”
Kruezi’s parents and sister were in court during the sentencing hearing and a number of supporters showed up outside court.
Keuezi’s sentencing hearing will continue on Tuesday.