Seven men arrested over an alleged Christmas terror plot targeting Melbourne CBD landmarks appeared in court. Three men have been charged and remanded in custody. A 22-year-old man will face an out-of-sessions hearing later on Friday. A 21-year-old from Gladstone Park was released without charge. Abdullah Chaarani, 26, of Dallas, was the first brought to the dock at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, shackled and with his hands cuffed before him.
Police documents filed with the court allege that between December 1 and December 22, Mr Chaarani “did engage in acts done in preparation for or planning a terrorist act”. Wearing a black Adidas t-shirt and sporting a long beard, Mr Chaarani was calm during his brief court appearance before Magistrate Mary Robertson.