Jihad accused 'just hopeless' By Norrie Ross February 28, 2008 02:31pm Article from: Herald Sun Font size: + - Send this article: Print Email THE leader of an alleged Melbourne terrorist cell could not organise a booze-up in a brewery, a defence lawyer told the Supreme Court today. Defence barrister James Montgomery SC scoffed at the prosecution's claim that the 12 men on trial were members of an organisation that was ready to carry out terrorist attacks. Mr Montgomery said an organisation needed structure and some form to it and not just a vague assertion by the prosecution. He told the jury to look closely at the so-called leader of the group, Abdul Nacer Benbrika. "You may form the view Mr Benbrika could not lead ants to sugar. Couldn't organise a booze-up in a brewery let alone organise a terrorist organisation," Mr Montgomery said. Opening the case for accused Hany Taha, the SC said his client was a panel beater from Coburg not a terrorist. Mr Montgomery said Mr Taha was accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation and of making funds available to it or attempting to make funds available to it. He took the jury to a secretly-recorded conversation in which Mr Taha says he hasn't contributed anything for a long time to the "sandooq", which the Crown says was the fund for a planned terrorist act. "Here he is this committed terrorist, behind in his payments," Mr Montgomery said. "He can't even put up a few bob from his weekly pay."