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Australia: Khalid Lodhi sentenced to 20-year imprisonment for preparatory offenses

On 23 August, Khalid Lodhi was sentenced to the maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment after he was convicted by a jury in June for his actions in preparation for a terrorist act. Lodhi sought information about chemicals capable of making explosives, collected maps of the electricity supply system and possessed a manual containing the ingredients for manufacturing poisons, explosives and incendiary devices. He is the first person to be convicted under Australia’s new anti-terrorism laws enacted in December 2005.