Parramatta terror gun trail accused face court
THE two men charged in connection with the terrorist shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng remain behind bars after being formally refused bail.
Raban Alou, 18, and 22-year-old Talal Alameddine face charges relating to the fatal shooting of Mr Cheng, who was gunned down on October 2 by 15-year-old Farhad Jabar outside police headquarters in Parramatta.
Alou is charged with the Commonwealth offence of aiding, abetting, procuring and counselling a terrorist act.
Alameddine is accused of supplying the gun Jabar used to shoot Mr Cheng on October 2, as well as breaching a firearms prohibition order and hindering police
Police alleged Alameddine gave the weapon to Alou and he then passed it on to Jabar in a Parramatta mosque.
Alou did not apply for bail and did not appear when his case was mentioned at Sydney's Central Local Court on Friday.
Outside court, Alou's lawyer Moustafa Kheir told reporters the charges relied on circumstantial evidence and his client intended to fight the accusations.
"We ask that the legal process is respected and the matter is left for determination according to the evidence and not speculation," he said.
Alameddine was also formally refused bail and did not appear before Parramatta Local Court when his matter was briefly mentioned.
Both cases will be back before court in December.
The charges laid on Thursday coincided with an anti-terrorism summit held in Canberra, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met top intelligence and police officials, along with education heads, to share information on how to tackle terror threats.
Mr Cheng's funeral will be held at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday.