Sydney siege gunman was Iranian cleric

 

The Daily Telegraph reports…

“The Islamic State preacher Man Haron Monis has been identified as the gunman behind the Martin Place cafe siege.

The 49-year-old, who is originally from Iran, arrived in this country as a refugee in 1996 and had been living in south-west Sydney.

A self-styled sheik, his behaviour in the country caused widespread revulsion – including the sending of offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers, who he described as murderers.

Earlier this year, he was also charged with sexual assault, and he was also on bail on a charge of accessory to murder, relating to the death of his ex-wife.

Armed with a shotgun and a flag linked to extremist groups, the radical Islamist burst into the cafe at 9.45am, taking up to 20 hostages, five of whom managed to escape.

As workers in nearby buildings were evacuated or ordered away from windows and heavily armed police moved into Martin Place, the hostages were used as human shields by Monis, who forced two to hang an Islamic flag bearing the words: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” up at the window.

In a chilling phone call to The Daily Telegraph from inside the cafe, one hostage referred to Monis as “The Brother”.

He was killed after 2am when police burst into the cafe.

The accessory to murder charge stems from the killing of his ex-wife who was allegedly stabbed and set alight in a stairwell of her Sydney apartment complex last year.

His current partner was charged with murder. The couple was given bail in Penrith Local Court, with Magistrate Darryl Pearce saying the Crown’s case was weak.

Then in March this year Monis was charged with sexually and indecently assaulting a young woman for “spiritual healing” in 2002.

His alleged victim, 27 at the time, allegedly saw an advertisement for ‘spiritual consultation’ in a local newspaper and contacted him.

He told her he was an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic and advised her to visit his clinic.

One theory being investigated yesterday was the Lindt cafe was not his primary target and he rushed in there after being spooked by members of the public who alerted police to his behaviour.

He was known to national security agencies, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.”

From http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-siege-gunman-identified-as-self-styled-sheik-man-haron-monis-on-bail-for-accessory-to-murder/story-fnl2dlu7-1227157403853

 

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4 thoughts on “Sydney siege gunman was Iranian cleric

  1. Awww – you sweet talker – you’re making me like you more and more each day. Exactly how is compassion for both victim and perpetrator not part of the Gospel? Your response however leaves me wondering if you have ever been exposed to the Gospel? Now I’ve asked you not to call me names in the past and I’m asking you again – support your argument without resorting to ad hominem…if of course your capable of doing so.

    Merry Christmas SD (hmmm SD… S….D…Son of the Devil? Could it be?)

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  2. Coming from you Greg, yes it is ….what you said, albeit fluffy and nice enough to put on the cover of Womans Day, contains no Gospel at all…because, you, Greg, dont know what the Gospel is – because you are, among many other things, an antinomian apostate…..

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  3. Is it so far from possible to imagine a heaven or a God who has compassion both for the victim and the perpetrator? I can. I do. All three deaths offered reasons (differently of course) for grief, hatred need not be the default position. Love for the unlovable? Wouldn’t that be great?

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