[VIDEO] Suspect in Sydney hostage siege had long rap sheet

A refugee from Iran and later a convert to Sunni Islam from the Shia faith he was born into, Monis’s multiple brushes with Australian law enforcement began in 2009, when he was accused of harassing the families of at least seven Australian troops killed in Afghanistan with inflammatory letters likening their loved ones to “Hitler’s soldiers.”

Though Monis’s hate-mail campaign read like an alternate-universe counterpoint to the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based congregation infamous for wielding signs such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” at the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, his Australian rap sheet didn’t end there.
Among other alleged offences, Monis is charged as an accessory to the 2013 murder of his ex-wife, mother-of-two Noleen Hayson Pal, who was found stabbed and set alight in the stairwell of a west Sydney apartment block.