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Sydney court hears terror details
digitally altered video grab from the New South Wales Police, showing one of the suspects being led into a cell, 8 Nov 2005
At least 17 people were arrested in Tuesday's raids
Details have emerged of the alleged plot which led Australian police to arrest 17 people on terrorism charges in Sydney and Melbourne on Tuesday.

Prosecutors told a court hearing a bail application for one of the men, Mirsad Mulahalilovic, that the Sydney group was gathering material to make a bomb.

Mr Mulahalilovic bought plastic piping and chemicals were found at his house which could be used in bombs.

But his defence lawyer said the charges were based on "marginal evidence".

Phillip Boulten said there was no suggestion the materials would be used for any terrorism related activities.

The Sydney court refused bail for Mr Mulahalilovic, a refugee from Bosnia who appeared via video link.

The magistrate said the alleged activities could have created "great disturbance inside this country."

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At least two suspects alleged to have had militant training in Pakistan
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Abu Bakr alleged to be overall leader
Another suspect, arrested in Sydney, to be extradited to Melbourne

Mr Mulahalilovic and seven other men arrested in Sydney are now due to appear in court on 5 December.

The court also ordered that another man, Izzydeen Atik, who was arrested on Thursday in Sydney, be extradited to Melbourne.

Mr Atik was charged with being part of an organisation he knew to be a terrorist group.

'Shameful conditions'

Defence lawyers said the suspects arrested in Sydney would probably plead innocent.

Adam Houda accused the authorities of holding his clients in "shameful" conditions.

Mr Boulten said Mr Mulahalilovic was being kept in solitary confinement, his hands and legs were shackled, and he had limited access to his family.

Mr Boulten also said Mr Mulahalilovic was being dressed in orange overalls to emulate the conditions at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

The authorities have said the raids in Melbourne and Sydney prevented a catastrophic attack on Australia. No details of any potential targets have yet been released.

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