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Brigitte involved in Sydney terror plot: investigators

Broadcast: 09/02/2007

Reporter: Rafael Epstein

French terrorism investigators have told a Paris court they believe alleged terrorist Willie
Brigitte played a major role in a plot to target Sydney four years ago.

Transcript

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: The French court trying the Muslim convert Willie Brigitte has heard more detailed
evidence that he played a major role in the plot to commit terrorist attacks in Sydney four years
ago. The 38-year-old is accused of terrorist activity in France, Pakistan and Australia, but he's
refusing to cooperate with the court. From Paris, Europe Correspondent, Rafael Epstein, reports.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN, EUROPE CORRESPONDENT: As Willie Brigitte was taken to and from the courts, the
guards with him were holding a cord connected to his handcuffs, and they, of course, were armed.
The court heard that just before he arrived in Australia there was a flurry of calls between Willie
Brigitte and two suspects, one in Pakistan and another man later arrested in Britain. The
accusation is they sent him with violent intent. His lawyers say the evidence is flimsy and the
case is based on guilt by association.

HARRY DURIMEL, WILLIE BRIGITTE'S LAWYER: There is a real scene to prepare the final act tomorrow of
the death of Willie Brigitte. They are presenting him as a monster.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Willie Brigitte listened as the court heard what he initially told interrogators,
that his bosses from the training camp in Pakistan were planning an attack in Australia and that he
was manipulated by his handler, who was dangerous. It's claimed Willie Brigitte said he had angered
his colleagues in Pakistan and Sydney by not following their plans to prepare for an attack but
later he said, "I have never been to a training camp in Pakistan," and that the man accused of
giving him orders in Pakistan was "...just a student I met at a religious school there".

The judge said, when he was court in 2003, "... in a way, your arrest froze the operation."

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The judge read out lengthy excerpts from the questioning of Willie Brigitte's third
wife, Melanie Brown. She had written extensive notebooks during the time on Australian military
bases as an army signaler. She burned them because she feared Willie Brigitte could use them for an
unknown purpose.

HARRY DURIMEL, WILLIE BRIGITTE'S LAWYER: You have even heard the judgment of the Australian court
saying that there is no proof of Willie Brigitte preparing no terrorist act with nobody.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: It's claimed his Australian wife felt manipulated by Brigitte and she thought he
had conspiratorial habits and believed he was planning some sort of attack on Australian soil.