Retrial for terror-accused Mustafa Dirani

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Mustafa Dirani's conviction for conspiring with others to carry out a terrorist act leading to the murder of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng has been quashed by a successful appeal.

The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday ordered Dirani to face a retrial over his involvement in the plot to murder Mr Cheng.

Mr Cheng, 58, was shot dead in 2015 as he left his workplace, the NSW Police Headquarters building at Parramatta, having been randomly selected as the target for the terrorist attack by 15-year-old Farhad Jabar.

The radicalised teenager then engaged in a gunfight with special constables and was killed.

Dirani was accused of being the "lookout" when two men exchanged a gun later used in the killing.

The .38 Smith and Wesson service revolver used in the shooting was handed to Jabar inside the Parramatta Mosque by Raban Alou, who obtained the firearm from Talal Alameddine.

Dirani was said to be Alou's trusted confidant at trial.

In 2019 Dirani pleaded not guilty to conspiring with others to do acts in preparation, or planning, for a terrorist act, but a jury convicted him.

The judge set a minimum term of imprisonment of 21 years.

But on Friday the conviction was quashed by three NSW Supreme Court judges.

The reasons why the ruling was overturned will remain restricted from publication for one week.

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