Three front court after Melbourne terror raids

THREE men have appeared in court following a series of raids in Melbourne this morning allegedly linked to a Christmas Day terror plot in Melbourne's CBD.

Abdullah Chaarani faced a brief proceeding before magistrate Kay Robertson.

Chaarani, dressed in a black Adidas T-shirt and grey Everlast tracksuit pants, casually stretched his neck and nodded to two completely veiled women sitting in the public gallery.

A prosecutor asked for an extended time to prepare the brief because of the large amount of digital material that needed to be processed.

The 26-year-old is facing one charge of preparing for a terrorist act between December 1 and yesterday.Chaarani did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to reappear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on April 28.

In a separate hearing, Hamza Abbas, 21, was remanded by magistrate Tim Bourke until a committal mention date on April 28.

The Flemington man is charged with preparation in planning for a terrorist act.

Hamza, wearing a grey T-shirt, did not apply for bail.

His lawyer, Jessie Smith, of Stary Norton Halphen, said he needed a nurse to attend to him.

Ms Smith said he had sustained soft tissue injuries during the police raid on his home to the face, left back, hip and shoulder.

Ahmed Mohamed, 24, from Meadow Heights, also faced Mr Bourke charged with the same offence.

Mr Mohamed appeared to make a book gesture with his hands to the veiled women, who cried throughout his proceeding and later attacked photographers outside the court

Mr Mohamed was also remanded to reappear on April 28.

Seven people have been arrested and five people remain in custody following the raids.



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