Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Media Statement: Mr Sevdet Besim – CDPP appeals

Date of Publication: 
4 October 2016
  • On 3 October 2016 the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) lodged a Notice of Appeal in the matter of Mr Sevdet Besim.
  • On 5 September 2016 Mr Besim was sentenced by the Supreme Court of Victoria to 10 years imprisonment for doing acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.  A non-parole period of 7 years and 6 months was fixed.
  • It was alleged that Mr Besim had planned to kill a police officer during Anzac Day commemorations in Melbourne in 2015 as part of an act of terrorism.
  • The CDPP carefully reviews all sentences imposed for federal criminal offences.  Where the CDPP is of the view that the sentence imposed is manifestly inadequate and that such an appeal would be in the public interest, it will institute an appeal – as in this case.
  • The CDPP’s appeal against sentence will be heard by the Victorian Court of Appeal on a date to be fixed.