Australia's High Court has reinstated a terrorism conviction against a former Australian airline worker who published on the internet a do-it-yourself book on how to wage holy war against non-Muslims.
The five judges today unanimously overturned a lower court decision that had quashed 42-year-old Sydney resident Belal Sadallah Khazaal's conviction for producing a book knowing it was connected with assisting in a terrorist act. There was no evidence that it resulted in a terrorist attack.
The charge was created in 2002 as part of a raft of tough new Australian terrorism laws legislated in response to the al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
The former Qantas Airways employee in 2003 became one of the first terror suspects to be charged under the laws.