The Premier, the Attorney-General and the trial judge all failed to slap a radical head chopper with a contempt charge.
If they can’t stand the heat they need to get out of the kitchen! What kind of spineless wonders are these?…
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THE inability of our courts and politicians to force a
Muslim man Muselmaniac to stand for the judge during his trial for attempted murder degenerated into farce yesterday as the Premier, the Attorney-General and the trial judge all failed to make any move towards slapping him with a contempt charge.
Instead, District Court judge Gregory Farmer SC entered the court before Muslim extremist Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai, apparently to avoid a confrontation.
And in another win for the convicted criminal, the Prisons Minister’s office yesterday admitted prison authorities had given up trying to make al-Ahmadzai kneel while he is handcuffed — common jail practice — because he refused to do so.
Al-Ahmadzai, 25, has refused to stand for four District Court judges in the past 18 months because he says he is “not at the behest of any authority other than Islam”.
His stubborn refusal to show respect compelled NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton this week to order Solicitor-General Michael Sexton SC to consider contempt charges.
But she could put no time frame on when Mr Sexton might act, other than saying it would be “as soon as possible”.
Yesterday al-Ahmadzai, who has already been sentenced to nine months jail for threatening to slit the throat of an ASIO officer, was able to avoid showing his disrespect to Judge Farmer SC by entering the courtroom after the judge on four occasions.
Before proceedings resumed his defence barrister instructed the court officer to bring al-Ahmadzai in last so there would be “no issues”.
But his rudeness was on display when he refused to stand each time Judge Farmer left the court.
When asked if al-Ahmadzai was brought up from the cells after the judge was seated on purpose, a District Court spokeswoman said: “It is not appropriate for the trial judge in this matter to respond to these questions.”
Al-Ahmadzai is facing a judge-alone trial for the alleged attempted murder of a man outside a gay sex club at Rydalmere on May 1, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty.
Even though Muslim scholars have condemned al-Ahmadzai’s actions, the Premier’s office again dodged the issue by referring it to Ms Upton.
Ms Upton, in turn, declined to comment on how the judge, who she herself appointed to the bench, was handling the matter.
Former judge Anthony Whealy QC said he had dealt with two defendants who would not stand: “They say (it’s because of) religion. I think they’re just thumbing their nose at authority.”
WITNESS FEARS FOR HIS LIFE
A WITNESS at the trial of Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai for attempted murder yesterday refused to answer questions, saying he feared his relatives would kill him.
The prosecution witness, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, refused to reveal the identity of a man he had previously told police was involved in a shooting outside a gay sex club at Rydalmere in May 2013.
“I’m not going to name that man,” he told the court. “I’m not going to jeopardise my life or my family’s life.”
The witness was giving evidence at the judge-alone trial of al-Ahmadzai, 25, who has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including shooting with attempt to murder.
The man, who is not related to al-Ahmadzai, was cross-examined over a police interview in which he identified al-Ahmadzai as one of two men in CCTV footage that showed a man being shot.