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Werribee’s Link to Terrorism


The 23-year-old brother of Bourke Street terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali has been jailed for 10 years over a plot to gun down people on New Year’s Eve.

Australian Federal Police outside Ali’s parent’s house in Werribee (Nov 2018).

Ali Khalif Shire Ali was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of seven years and six months, after facing court today (Thursday 21 May, 2020) over his role in the preparation and planning of a terrorist act in the Melbourne CBD ahead of the 2017/18 New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT), comprising of members from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police (VICPOL) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) charged the man on 28 November 2017, as part of Operation SAN JOSE. The JCCT was also supported by other specialist staff from Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command.

Image: 7NEWS/Sharnelle Vella

Ali finally changed his plea to guilty after he had previously denied his terror charge in a committal hearing.

He must serve at least seven-and -a-half-years.