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Sydney Siege: Monis wanted live radio debate with Abbott

AN INQUEST into the Lindt Cafe siege has been played the 000 phone call cafe manager Tori Johnson made on behalf of gunman Man Haron Monis.

The fourth segment of the inquest into the deadly Sydney siege in December 2014 started yesterday. It is expected some of the 17 hostages will give evidence.

The inquest is also examining the response from emergency authorities.

Mr Johnson and hostage Katrina Dawson died during the siege and Monis was shot and killed when police stormed the building.

In the phone recording played to the court, Mr Johnson calmly relayed Monis's message to the 000 operator.

"This is a message that I'm reading from someone who's standing in front of me," he said.

"Three locations should be evacuated - Martin Place and Channel Seven, Circular Quay and George St. Police should not come close to me or other brothers otherwise they will explode the bombs."

During the call, the operator asked him to "hang on a minute" and Mr Johnson politely said: "Sorry, I have a gun in front of me."

He also relayed Monis's request to have a debate with then Prime Minister Tony Abbott live on ABC national radio.

The inquest continues.



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