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Australian loses terrorism appealAn Australian accused of training with militants in Pakistan has lost an appeal to have his charges dropped.
Izhar Ul-Haque, 23, is accused of receiving combat training with the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba group.
He has pleaded innocent to the charge, and has also argued that he cannot be prosecuted for crimes committed abroad.
When he was arrested in April 2004, Mr Ul-Haque became the first Australian accused of such an offence.
Lashkar-e-Toiba was classed as a terrorist group in 2003, under Australia’s toughened counter-terrorism laws brought in after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.
It is now a criminal offence for Australians to belong to, train with, fund or recruit members for a proscribed terror group.