Terror accused claims police using G20 as delay tactic

A LAWYER for one of three Queensland men charged with terrorism offences has accused police of withholding evidence and using the G20 Summit to drag out his client's pre-trial imprisonment.

Agim Kruezi, 22, Robert Louis Maestracci, 32, and Omar Succarieh, 31, had their matters mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

Magistrate John McGrath adjourned their matters to December 19 after Crown prosecutor Shane Hunter said the upcoming G20 Summit would delay the preparation of evidence.Succarieh's lawyer James Wallis said the extension was unacceptable to his client.

"It's unfortunate that the upcoming G20 Summit is being used as a possible reason to delay the proceedings," Mr Wallis said.

"Mr Succarieh is in custody for the very first time, away from his wife and children, where he is subject to orders that mean he is currently in solitary confinement."

Mr Wallis said he had requested a full brief of evidence in late September but had received nothing from police.

"As I understand the investigation has been ongoing for the past 12 months," he said.

"The material should have immediately started to be collated at the beginning of that operation, in light of the fact it was almost certainly going to be required to be used in court.

"Succarieh and Kruezi were arrested in raids on Logan and Brisbane properties in September for allegedly funding terrorism and planning a trip to Syria to take part in terrorist activities.Kruezi was also accused of recruiting members for the Islamic State to fight in Syria and Iraq and unlawfully possessing a sawn-off semi-automatic firearm.

Fresh charges were laid on Friday accusing him of transporting a firearm in preparation for a terrorist act and possessing knives, machetes, balaclavas, military fatigues and a firearm in preparation for a terrorist act.Maestracci is currently on bail, accused of holding money in a bank account to fund terrorism.

He was arrested in a raid on his home in Kingston, south of Brisbane, in September.None of the men will be required in court at their December 19 appearance.

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