Australian teen pleads not guilty to plotting terror attack

SYDNEY (AP) — A teenager has pleaded not guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on an Australian Veteran’s Day ceremony.

The 16-year-old’s lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, entered the plea on his client’s behalf in a western Sydney court on Tuesday. The teen did not appear at the hearing. He could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

The teenager was charged with one count of planning a terrorist attack. Police say the alleged attack was intended to coincide with Monday’s celebration of ANZAC Day. The annual holiday commemorates the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I.

This is the second year in a row that police say they have thwarted an attack on an ANZAC Day ceremony.