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Martin Place siege ended: Sydney siege gunman identified (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2014

Sydney siegePolice named the armed man who held 17 people hostage in a central Sydney café as “Sheikh” Man Haron Monis, a self-styled preacher of Islamic State on bail for accessory to murder.

Monis, 50, died at the end of a 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place early on Tuesday morning.

But he was no stranger to Australian authorities.

Monis was born in Iran but moved to Australia in 1996 and was reportedly granted political asylum in 2001.

He first came to public notice in 2010 when he faced charges for sending offensive letters between 2007 and 2009 to the families of two Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan – and the family of a trade official, Craig Senger, who died in the 2009 Jakarta bombing.

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