A week ago in Sydney:
Five Sydney men convicted of terrorism-related offences have been sentenced to maximum sentences ranging from 23 to 28 years in prison.
This week in Sydney:
SYDNEY’S Muslim community leaders last night condemned authorities over the conviction of five men under terrorism laws, describing their sentencing as a "travesty of justice".
Senior Muslim figures, including 10 imams and 20 community leaders, met privately at Lakemba Mosque before releasing a statement to The Australian late last night demanding police produce the evidence proving the criminal "intentions" of the men.
Hundreds gathered at the mosque in Sydney’s southwest to hear the outcome of the meeting.
Outside the mosque after the meeting, a group of young men pumped their fists in the air and accused ASIO of being "dogs".
The meeting was attended by Taj Din al-Hilali, formerly Australia’s most senior cleric.
Last night’s statement urged Australian Muslims "not to be afraid of being targeted" for their religion and promised the community would look after the families of those jailed.
al-Hilali? You may remember him. A well known expert in cats meat.
One day Islamic ‘community leaders’ will unequivocally condemn violence against the wider community, one day.
Just not today.