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Australian sentenced for terrorist plot charges

The man was trying to buy bomb-making materials and purchasing maps of the country's power grid.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 08:14 IST

An Australian man, convicted on terrorist charges, for trying to buy bomb-making materials and purchasing maps of the country's power grid was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 years of prison.

Faheem Khalid Lodhi, 36, a Pakistan-born architect, was convicted by a New South Wales Supreme Court jury in June on three charges of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia.

Lodhi's was one of the first cases launched under tough and controversial anti-terror laws passed in Australia in response to the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

The judge sentenced Lodhi to 20 years of prison on the charge of making inquiries about buying chemicals, that could be used to make explosives. He was sentenced to 10 years each on charges of buying the maps and having an Urdu-language manual outlining terrorist techniques.

The sentences were to be served concurrently, and were backdated to the time of his arrest in 2004.