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Terror suspect admits dodging questions

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Andi Yu

A man accused of supplying the gun used to kill police accountant Curtis Cheng has admitted he refused to answer questions at the NSW Crime Commission.

Talal Alameddine, 23, originally faced 20 charges of refusing or failing to answer questions from the commission about his alleged involvement in the shooting death of Mr Cheng in October last year, but on Tuesday 16 counts were dropped and he pleaded guilty to the remaining four.

It's alleged that Alameddine refused to be drawn on his dealings with two men, Mustafa Dirani and Raban Alou, who also face charges over their alleged roles in Mr Cheng's death.

Earlier during Tuesday's hearing at Sydney's Central Local Court, Alameddine's lawyers argued police officers engaged in a "ruse" with the Crime Commission to deprive him of the right to remain silent.

The court heard that Alameddine was arrested on October 7, five days after Mr Cheng was killed, and was told by police that he would be charged for preparing a terrorist act.

In interviews with detectives, he exercised his legal right to silence but was then released without charge.

Two hours later, he was summonsed to appear at the NSW Crime Commission to give evidence that day.

Alameddine was charged at a later date over his alleged role in supplying the revolver that 15-year-old schoolboy Farhad Jabar used to gun down Mr Cheng.

Police "sidestepped" Alameddine's legal right to silence in front of the Crime Commission, which he would have had if he was charged, lawyer Avni Djemal told the court.

Mr Djemal attempted to subpoena the notebooks and internal correspondence of two investigators, but was unsuccessful.

A lawyer representing the Crime Commission said there were no "nefarious objectives in mind".

"They were not ready to charge him on that day," Rob Bhalla said.

"It was a reasonably complicated investigation."

A detective involved in the investigation following Mr Cheng's death gave evidence that it was his intention to charge Alameddine the day he was arrested but those above him decided not to.

On Tuesday, Alameddine appeared in the dock in prison greens and was supported by a group of men who often waved and tried to speak with him through the glass cage.

He will be sentenced on the Crime Commission charges in March next year.

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