Who they are: profiles of those arrested

Nino Bucci

Abdullah CHAARANI, 26, Dallas

Charged and faced court on Friday [23 December] afternoon. According to a relative, Mr Chaarani is a painter by trade, who was married last year and is expecting a child

He is a cousin of the Abbas brothers, two of his co-accused. It is believed he and the other co-accused attend­ed the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Roxburgh Park [metropolitan Melbourne].

Ibrahim ABBAS, 22, Campbellfield

Was expected to face court on Friday night and again on Saturday morn­ing [today]. Is understood to have been on the radar of authorities, including ASIO, for about two years, after his house was raided following postings on so­cial media.

Was studying engineering. His sister posted on Facebook about the raids, saying that two of her brothers and a cousin, Abdullah, had been arrested: “So a few terrorist attacks occur around the world in the past couple of days so obviously afp and asio must do a few raids ‘just for show’ here in oz.”

“Raids. Again.”

Understood not to be a relative of Roger Abbas, a Meadow Heights man who was one of the first Australians killed in the Syrian con­flict, in 2013.

Hamza ABBAS, 21, Flemington

Charged and faced court on Friday afternoon. Like his brother, subject to attention from authorities for about two years.

Agraduate of Darul Ulum College of Victoria, an Islamic independent school in Fawkner known for its Salafist teachings. Then is believed to have attended RMIT University.

Appears to have also worked as a painter, but unclear if he worked with Chaarani.

A fan of jiu jitsu.

Ahmed MOHAMED, 24, Meadow Heights

Charged and faced court on Friday afternoon. Little known about Mr Mohamed, compared with his co-accused.

From: http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/who-they-are-profiles-of-those-arrested-o...