Screen grabs of Raban Alou Photo: Fairfax MediaTwo men charged with terrorism offences over Curtis Cheng death
A teenage terror suspect accused of assisting with the killing of police accountant Curtis Cheng had previously spoken of his “anger” at a perceived war on Islam in .
Raban Alou, 18, spoke to Fairfax Media last year when his family’s Wentworthville home was raided and his older brother, Kawa, was detained as part of a terrorism operation.
“I dunno, I got a lot of anger,” he said at the time. “It’s a war on Islam just because we grow our beards. They want to label us as a terrorist, or supporters of IS [Islamic State], whatever, that’s up to you.”
Mr Alou said he was angry that police had targeted his older brother and several of his friends, who he admitted were being watched by ASIO.
He said his brother, Kawa, had recently served three years in jail for a violent assault and hung around with “hot heads”.
The Alous’ home was raided again last week in connection to the murder of Mr Cheng outside Parramatta police headquarters on October 2.
Mr Alou was detained and charged on Thursday night with the Commonwealth offence of aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of a terrorist act.
It is alleged he gave schoolboy Farhad Jabar a gun and spent two hours with him in Parramatta Mosque on October 2, before Jabar shot Mr Cheng outside Parramatta police headquarters.
A family friend, 22-year-old Talal Alameddine, was charged on Thursday with supplying the gun to Mr Alou.
Last year, Mr Alou told Fairfax Media that police had come to their Wentworthville home looking for material relating to al-Qaeda and Islamic State.
“They [the police] said it was something to do with terrorist activity. I was like, relax,” he said at the time. “They are searching now but there is nothing to find.”
Hours before the second raid on their home last week, older brother Kawa lashed out at Fairfax Media, saying the killing of Muslims around the world was more important than Mr Cheng’s death.
“Why don’t you do something useful?” he said via Facebook. “And talk about real events occurring in Palestine. The killing of Muslims all ova the world [sic]. The oppressions in Burma, Palestine.”