Gunfire could be heard in the vicinity of the cafe in Sydney. Reportedly, seven people have have been shot, and, at least, two have died.
The man who has held hostages in a Sydney, Australia, cafe for nearly 16 hours was Man Haron Monis, and he is reported to have been killed in the exchange.
He's also known as Sheikh Haron, a self-styled Muslim cleric, who pleaded guilty last year to writing offensive letters to the families of deceased Australian service members.
For that, Haron received 300 hours of community service, the Weekend Australian reported.
The chosen name of this individual includes "Haron," which means "mountain of strength."
The name "Monis" has roots in "monish," which means "to admonish," "to warn." This derives from the Latin monēre, "to warn."
Sex Offender: In April 2014, the self-proclaimed Muslim sheikh was charged with sexually assaulting a woman while posing as a "spiritual healer."
Mohammad Hassan Manteghi, also known as Sheik Haron and Man Haron Monis, appeared in Kogarah Local Court April 14, 2014, charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault. It is alleged he assaulted the woman at Wentworthville in the city's west in August 2002. Police say the woman, who was 27 at the time, met Manteghi after responding to an advertisement offering "spiritual consultation" in a community newspaper.
He allegedly claimed to be an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic. (Please note, "Sheik Haron" was self-styled, apparently, as an occult expert for the purpose of sexually assaulting women.)
Detective Inspector Michael Haddow says their investigations have revealed advertisements about the healing centre were placed in Fijian, Chinese, Macedonian, Indian and Spanish local newspapers between 2000 and 2002.
Police allege the first time the woman was indecently assaulted when she met Manteghi at his business on Station Street.
Detectives says when they met again about a week later Manteghi indecently and sexually assaulted the woman under the guise of a spiritual healing technique.
Manteghi allegedly told the woman not to tell anyone what happened. Source.
Murder?: On November 15, 2013, Haron was charged by NSW Police with being an accessory before and after the fact to the murder of Noleen Hayson Pal, allegedly stabbed and set alight in a Werrington apartment stairwell on April 21, 2013. His partner Amirah Droudis, was formally charged with Pal's murder. Pal was Haron's ex-wife.
On December 12, 2013, Haron and Amirah were given bail at Penrith Local Court. Magistrate Darryl Pearce said there wew significant flaws in the Crown's case against the pair. "It is a weak case'" he said. Prosecutor Brian Royce said Monis' claims the Iranian Secret Police and ASIO were trying to frame him for the murder was fanciful. Magistrate Pearce said all theories needed to be examined.
On January 22, 2014, Haron told magistrate Joan Baptie that he was representing himself and proceeded to talk about documents ASIO has on him that he wanted to see. He told the court he has been charged in connection to the murder of his ex-wife because ASIO is conspiring against him to have him jailed. But Magistrate Baptie told him she cannot order ASIO to release documents about him. Haron stood outside the Parramatta Local Court wearing chains and holding a sign claiming he has been tortured in jail. He said: "This is not a criminal case. This is a political case." Source.
To which, Johanna Lenski replies: "Well, there we go! 33rd degree, right inside the center of the King (3rd King of KK33?) and Queen's royal theatre!"
Darren Broo wants us to remember that this happened on Philip Street, since Philip means "horse" and this is the Year of the Horse.
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