Dad says son charged in beheading plot doesn’t understand Islam

Harun Causevic refused bail over alleged Anzac Day terror plot, father says charges politically motivated

Harun Causevic, 18, appeared in court today and was refused bail by a Melbourne Magistrate.

He was one of several teenagers arrested during anti-terror raids in Melbourne’s south-east last month, and was detained along with 18-year-old Sevdet Besim.

A 19-year-old man is also in custody, accused of being the pair’s weapons supplier, and a 14-year-old boy is in custody in the United Kingdom accused of masterminding the plot.

Causevic’s father Vehid Causevic told reporters outside the court that the charge was politically motivated.

“Message from Prime Minister here [is] … whatever young Muslim who [is] going five times per day in mosque will be charged like terrorists,” Mr Causevic said.

Mr Causevic said while his son did not “understand Islam” he had not done anything wrong.

“If you find anybody in this country to say my son done something, I’ll go in jail for all my life,” he said.