Training sessions – including physical endurance and mock battles - were also held in the Blue Mountains of NSW.
"MOHAMMED": They went up for a couple of times up to the Blue Mountains to march around up there and sleep in the bush and prepare themselves for any struggle that may eventuate. They were sort of sleeping out there and camping and doing, doing different exercises. The guy who led it was a fairly hard task-master, from what I understand.
SALLY NEIGHBOUR: And who was the guy who led it?
"MOHAMMED": Oh, I think his name was Asman.
SALLY NEIGHBOUR: Asman - who led the training in the Blue Mountains - was Asman Hashim, a Malaysian who admits to having trained in bomb-making with Al Qaeda.
Asman lived in Sydney for two years, staying at a flat in this block in Dee Why previously used as a safehouse for JI members.
Asman was arrested when he returned to Malaysia last year.
"MOHAMMED": He also fought, fought in another part of Asia I think as well with Abdul Rahman, and I think they’d met there and you know, got together.
SALLY NEIGHBOUR: What sort of struggle were they preparing for?
"MOHAMMED": Well I mean a struggle for Islam. I mean for what they saw as the struggle. I mean, it’s like, anybody who sees, anybody who sees some sort of struggle and some sort of aim and decent, common cause, that they’re gonna fight for that.