The Sydney siege Lindt cafe matter has taken a new turn when one of the hostages, Westpac IT employee Marcia Mikhael, confessed she was angered by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Mikhael said she was frustrated to see how insensitively the authorities handled the matter. She could not understand why the demands made by Lindt cafe gunman Man Haron Monis took time to be fulfilled when the authorities knew very well that the lives of the hostages were in danger. “I didn’t understand why it was so difficult for the prime minister to get on the phone,” the Lindt cafe hostage complained.
Mikhael recalled Monis’s demand for an Islamic State flag. He put his demand live on radio via a phone call made to Abbott. “I couldn’t comprehend why it was so difficult for us to get a flag,” she addressed the siege inquest on Tuesday. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the hostage claimed that the police negotiator told her during the call that Abbot was quite busy and he couldn’t take on the call.
“I was told, ‘Sorry Marcia, the prime minister is a very busy man’,” she told counsel assisting the inquest Jeremy Gormly SC. “I’m sorry but you don’t tell someone who has a gun at their head that. I’m going to feel like I’m a piece of nothing and I’m going to die. Just pick up the phone! People didn’t think our lives were worth saving.”
News.com.au reported that when Mikhael was addressing the Sydney seige inquest, she said that she understood that negotiation would not yield any result as the gunman did not interact directly with authorities himself for the whole day of captivation. During the session, the IT employee also recalled how police stormed the building at around 2:15 a.m. She also remembered Monis’ body being carried with “half of his head was blown out.”