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Australian denies bomb plot

A British-born man has pleaded not guilty to two charges of planning to blow up Israeli diplomatic premises in Australia. Jack Roche, 49 years old and an Australian citizen, appeared in court in Perth Magistrates Court via videolink as his lawyer entered pleas on his behalf. He is alleged to have conspired with others in Malaysia, Pakistan and Afghanistan to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra and the Israeli consulate in Sydney between 15 February and 26 May 2000. Neither attack was carried out. If found guilty, Mr Roche could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for plotting to damage property and 25 years for conspiring to harm diplomatic staff. He was later remanded in custody until 1 May, when he will appear before a higher court. Full Story

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