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Canberra airport taking pictures: Ali Rachid Ammoun appears in court charged with three firearm offences

UPDATE: Ali Rachid Ammoun has been charged with three firearm offences after a shooting inside Canberra airport.

Ammoun did not apply for bail when appearing via video link in ACT Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 63-year-old from NSW will remain in custody until the case returns to court on September 5.

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Camera IconThe man was quickly apprehended by police after allegedly firing shots at Canberra Airport. Credit: Supplied

Ammoun’s legal aid solicitor Tamzin Lee moved to prohibit the ABC from reporting on the case but the application was opposed by the prosecution and the judge.

“I am satisfied this is an open court and the ABC has a right to report on such matters … unless there is a good reason to suppress the proceedings,” magistrate Robert Cook told the court.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: AFP officers to talk witnesses at Canberra Airport on August 14, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Police reported a man entered the main Canberra Airport terminal and fired a gun at the glass inside. No people were injured and the man is in custody. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
Camera IconNo people were injured and the man is in custody. Credit: Martin Ollman/Getty Images
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Bullet holes on the front entrance of Canberra Airpirt on August 14, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Police reported a man entered the main Canberra Airport terminal and fired a gun at the glass inside. No people were injured and the man is in custody. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
Camera IconDamage to glass panels after shots were fired. Credit: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

Police allege Ammoun fired a number of shots from a handgun into windows about 1.25pm on Sunday before being apprehended by federal police stationed at the airport.

No one was injured during the incident but the airport was evacuated and remained closed for about three hours.

Ammoun has been charged with discharging a firearm at a building, unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm near a person causing alarm.

He is yet to enter a plea.

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