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Australia Charges Medical Student with Terrorism


An Australian court has ordered a 22-year-old medical student to stand trial in Sydney for allegedly training with the outlawed Islamic group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Pakistan-born Izhar Ul-Haque faces a maximum 25-year sentence if convicted of training with the Pakistani group, which is fighting Indian rule in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Australia lists Lashkar-e-Taiba as a terrorist organization.

Customs officers stopped Mr. Ul-Haque in March 2003 as he returned to Australia from Pakistan. He was carrying notebooks containing information on rocket launchers, land mines and tanks.

Police say Mr. Ul-Haque told them he did not believe that training with Lashkar-e-Taiba to fight India constituted terrorism.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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