The man who went on a stabbing rampage in Melbourne’s Bourke Street in 2018 was not considered a serious threat because he liked to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol in defiance of radical Islam, an inquest has heard.
- Hassan Khalif Shire Ali’s drug use was deemed inconsistent with extremism, a counter-terror operative told the inquest
- A police database entry noted the risk of hire Ali taking part in a terror attack was probably overemphasised
- Shire Ali had also been “struggling with his faith” prior to the attack
A counter-terror operative told Victoria’s Coroner that in the lead-up to Hassan Khalif Shire Ali’s bloody attack, his behaviour was “more consistent with an active criminal”.
“Shire Ali’s involvement with Victoria Police…