NUMEROUS Sydney buildings, including the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and others housing US companies, were terrorist targets for illegally-bought Australian rocket launchers.
The Saturday Daily Telegraph can reveal alleged terrorists who obtained five of the launchers – believed to have been stolen from the Australian army – discussed using them on the US targets.
One of the targets was a high-rise building near Hyde Park which is the base for American Express.
Another was the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights, NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said today.
Yesterday, a 28-year-old unemployed Leumeah man was in Central Local Court, charged with illegally obtaining and selling seven of the stolen rocket launchers.
Taha Abdul-Rahman was arrested in his Eliza Way home early yesterday following a joint investigation by NSW Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO.
He was charged with two counts of dishonestly receiving stolen Commonwealth property, seven counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, seven of selling a prohibited weapon to an unauthorised person and one of possessing ammunition without a licence or permit.
In court documents it was alleged Abdul-Rahman sold seven of the weapons to murderer Adnan “Eddie” Darwiche in 2003.
Darwiche is serving two life sentences over his role in a gang war that involved a string of fatal shootings in Sydney’s southwest at that time.
It is alleged Abdul-Rahman sold one rocket launcher to Darwiche on September 30, 2003, at Liverpool.
He then allegedly sold him another six launchers on October 9, 2003, at Claymore.
Police have only recovered one of the launchers from Darwiche – who had agreed to assist police.
At a police press conference yesterday, officers revealed they believed five launchers had found their way into the hands of one or more Sydney terror suspects.
Abdul-Rahman did not apply for bail or appear in the courtroom and was remanded to appear in Central Local Court again next Wednesday.