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'Do-it-yourself' Jihad author wins conviction appeal

June 9, 2011 - Canberra

A Sydney man who was sentenced to nine years in jail for producing a 'do-it-yourself'Jihad handbook has won an appeal against his conviction.

Former Qantas cabin cleaner Belal Khazaal was found guilty in September 2009 of making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act.

The 110-page book was titled 'Provisions on the Rules of Jihad'- Short Judicial Rulings And Organizational Instructions For Fighters And Mujahideen Against Infidels.

A New South Wales Supreme court jury found him guilty of making a document. The Court of Criminal Appeal today allowed his appeal against conviction and ordered a retrial, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Justice Peter McClellan said he would have dismissed the appeal, but two other judges allowed it on one of the four grounds put forward.

The question of Khazaal being granted bail will be dealt with by another court at an unspecified date.


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