June 11, 2003


This sure makes me feel a whole lot better about being treated like a potential terrorist every time I fly:

A member of a violent Indonesian group with suspected links to Jemaah Islamiah and al-Qaeda has been actively fundraising in Sydney for "jihad" while working as a shuttle bus driver at Sydney airport.

The Australian understands that the man, who is known as Dance Darmince but often uses the alias Mohammad Darimi, heads a small group of Laskar Jihad members in Sydney and has been co-ordinating their fundraising efforts for the past five years.

Mr Darmince is an Australian citizen with an Australian passport and has been living in Sydney's Lakemba area for about 20 years.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 11, 2003 11:58 AM

Perhaps a liberation of Lakemba is on the cards.

Posted by: The at June 11, 2003 at 12:33 PM

That's nothing- the titular head of the "Islamic Youth Movement" currently under investigation by the AFP for direct links to El Que'da and the setting up of an operational cell in Australia, Bilal Khazal, was a bloody baggage handler at SKSA; he should have been easly to pick up, as he would have been the only Qantas employee of middle eastern background who didn't have a crook back.

Posted by: paul bickford at June 11, 2003 at 12:49 PM

I would have liked to see the gruelling security-check interview that they conducted with Bilal Khazal, the man who openly told the media that "like all good Muslims" he believes Osama Bin Laden is a "good man".

Posted by: Alan Anderson at June 11, 2003 at 12:58 PM

Hey Paul, he got himself a crook back. That's why he left the job. Wonder what sort of payout?

Posted by: slatts at June 11, 2003 at 01:14 PM

Nobody is called Dance Darmince. That's just taking the piss. It reads like 'Scientists today announce breakthrough in finding world's gayest name'.

Posted by: David Gillies at June 12, 2003 at 04:25 AM

can i ask where you got this information - just out of curiosity - i couldn't google his name

Posted by: ward levingston at June 12, 2003 at 11:17 PM

oh - sorry - i reread the post and realized the source was already listed. to give some balance to the article you might consider including the following link which makes the point that not all muslim charities are connected to terrorism:

Posted by: ward levingston at June 13, 2003 at 01:45 PM