Leafy area gaining Renown for plots
Police allege ‘Islamist-inspired’ Sydney family members plotted to blow up plane
IT is Renown Avenue by name and renowned by police.
Angry residents of the Wiley Park street in Sydney’s south west have become all too familiar with heavily-armed police after being at the centre of two of Australia’s major counter-terrorism raids.
The latest was on Saturday when a joint counter-terrorism operation targeting an alleged plan to bomb a plane out of Sydney raided a two-bedroom ground floor unit, arresting a man and his brother.
The wide tree-lined street was thrust into the spotlight in November 2005 when police simultaneously burst into a house and a block of flats, arresting three men, Khaled Sharrouf, Khaled Cheikho and Moustafa Cheiko, under Operation Pendennis, the largest counter-terrorism investigation undertaken in Australia.
The men were convicted of conspiracy to commit an imminent terrorist act although no precise target had been chosen. Sharrouf, who served less than four years in jail after boasting that he had tricked doctors into believing he was mentally ill so he would get a shorter sentence, went on to horrify the world when he uploaded a photograph of one of his four sons, aged seven, holding a severed head.
The convicted terrorist slipped out of Australia in 2013 using his brother’s passport and travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State.