Moutia Elzahed won’t stand for anyone but Allah

Muslim woman Moutia Elzahed, charged over refusal to stand in court, considers challenge


A woman wearing a niqab.© AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA A woman wearing a niqab.

The lawyer for a Muslim woman who was charged after she refused to stand in court for a judge says she is considering a constitutional challenge.

Moutia Elzahed, 49, from Revesby, is facing nine charges of disrespectful behaviour in court for not standing when Sydney District Court Judge Audrey Balla entered or left the court room during a civil hearing in November and December 2016.

Ms Elzahed had brought a lawsuit against the NSW and Federal Police, claiming she was assaulted during a counter terror raid at her home in 2014.

She is the wife of convicted Islamic State recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi, who is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for helping young Australians travel to Syria to fight.

Ms Elzahed is the first person in NSW to be charged with the offence of disrespectful behaviour in court since it was introduced last year.

During the civil hearing, Ms Elzahed’s barrister Clive Evatt told the court his client “won’t stand for anyone except Allah”.

Today Ms Elzahed’s solicitor Zali Burrows said she has been speaking to two barristers about launching a constitutional challenge but could not provide any more details at this stage.

She said her client had not been disrespectful.

Ms Elzahed was supposed to appear before the Downing Centre Local Court today, but Ms Burrows said her client was unwell and could provide a medical certificate.

The matter will return to court on July 20.

3 thoughts on “Moutia Elzahed won’t stand for anyone but Allah”

  1. Thas not a person its a Thing! It could be a robot with a microphone. or it could be a man.

  2. Throw this pathetic piece of crap into prison.
    There is one law in Australia – AUSTRALIAN LAW! not some spew from some desert dwelling, camel humping, murdering paedophile. If normal Australians are required to obey the laws of the land and are subject to the laws of the land, why isn’t this walking garbage bag required to? If the powers to be start giving these people their own way (Sharia Law) then we will have a two system unmanageable country and they will have won.

  3. The other question is why these people are getting legal aid?
    Why should the Australian tax payer be paying vast amounts of money to ambulance chasing solicitors/lawyers to represent people who don’t share our views, who do not want to integrate, who want to change everything we hold dear about our country, its past, its present and its future.

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