Faheem Khalid Lodhi
Faheem Khalid Lodhi, known as Abu Said, was born in Pakistan in 1969/70. He learned architecture in Pakistan and immigrated to Australia. In 1996 Faheem Khalid Lodhi obtained Australian citizenship. He is married to Aysha Hamedd.
Faheem Khalid Lodhi attended in 10/2001 a training camp in Lahore, Pakistan, operated by a banned terrorist organization - Lashkar-e-Toiba. In early 2003 he returned to Australia and formed a terror cell with the help of a local Imam in one of Sydney Mosques - Bilal Khazal. Faheem Khalid Lodhi had gathered maps of three Sydney defense sites, chemicals and recipes for poisons and homemade bombs to carry out his plan. The Lakemba Mosque’s Imam Taj el-Din Hilaly was a controversial figure in Australia.
Faheem Khalid Lodhi was the host of the Frenchman Willie Brigitte who arrived to Australia in 05/2003 specifically to arrange the assembling of a car bomb designated to the Sydney 2003 plot. Bothe was watched by the Australian security services - ASIO from 05/2003. He was in a constant contact with another colleague in Australia whom he knew from Pakistan and his activity in Lashkar-e-Toiba - Izhar Ul-Haque.
On 10/27/2007 Faheem Khalid Lodhi was arrested his Lakemba home, in a suburb of Sydney, along side Bilal Khazal, for plotting terror attacks in Sydney, Australia timed to the days that the Rugby World Games were scheduled to be played in Sydney. Faheem Khalid Lodhi was also accused of recruiting for a terrorist organization in Sydney and Pakistan between 04/2001 and 03/2003.
Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was called by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on 12/16/2004 to testify. Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, a convicted Virginia Network member, testified through a video conference of his acquaintance with Faheem Khalid Lodhi in Lashkar-e-Toiba camp in Pakistan in 08/2001.
Another Islamic militant Arif Naharudin, jailed in Singapore, also confirmed, on 12/17/2004, that he met Faheem Khalid Lodhi at a PakistanI terrorist training camp in 2001. Arif Naharudin gave evidence via video link.
In 08/2006 Faheem Khalid Lodhi was convicted of planning a terrorist act and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, with a 15 year non-parole period. Faheem Khalid Lodhi became the first person in Australia to be convicted of planning a terrorist act.
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