The leader of a group of extremist Muslims who planned a “foreign incursion” to help overthrow the government of the southern Philippines in 2016 has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Robert Cerantonio, 34, is the last of six Melbourne men who have now been convicted of preparing to go to the troubled region of Mindanao “with the intent to engage in hostile activity”.
The men purchased a boat and a four wheel drive vehicle to tow it to Cape York.
They also bought survival gear as well as navigational equipment, and had drawn maps of the seas near their targeted destination.
They were intercepted before they could sail to the Philippines in what Justice Michael Croucher said was a trip “doomed to fail”.