Martin Place killer: 'I don't want Australia to be unsafe'
MARTIN Place killer Man Haron Monis was an accused sex offender implicated in his ex-wife's murder and a self-styled Muslim sheikh who sent hate-filled letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers.
But at one stage he was a newly-arrived Iranian refugee who said he "loved Australia".
Monis, who also went by the names Mohammad Hassan Manteghi, Ayatollah Boroujerdi, and Sheikh Haron, posted a photo of five dead Muslim children and the words "evidence of the terrorism of America and its allies including Australia" on his personal website a day before he took 17 innocent people hostage in the Sydney CBD.
The website and his Facebook profile were taken down shortly after his identity was revealed.
The 50-year-old, now dead by gunshot wounds, was no stranger to the media.
He appeared on the ABC in 2001 after setting up a tent in the middle of Sydney to protest the Iranian regime he said was holding his wife and two daughters "hostage" under house arrest.
"I don't want to say it is perfect, we don't have a perfect society on the earth, but when we compare, if we compare Australia with Iran and other countries in the Middle East, we can say it is heaven," he told the ABC.
In 2009, Monis chained himself to a railing outside a Sydney Court after he was charged with sending harrassing letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Even, then he claimed to "love Australia".
"I want safety for Australia, I don't want we lose our soldiers, I don't want Australia to be unsafe," he told media.
He was back in court last year, accused of being an accessory to his ex-wife's stabbing murder, allegedly carried out by his new partner Amirah Droudis.
In March this year, Monis was charged with dozens of sexual offences including the sexual assault of a woman who visited a Sydney clinic he ran as a "spiritual healer".
He was granted bail to reappear in court in February next year.
His lawyer, Manny Conditsis, told ABC News that Monis knew he was on bail for very serious offences and may have thought he had "nothing to lose".
"Hence participating in something as desperate and outrageous as this," Mr Conditsis said.
Earlier this month, Monis updated his website with the words: "I used to be a Rafidi (one who rejects 'legitimate' Islamic authority), but not anymore. Now I am a Muslim..."