Expect more of this as their numbers grow.
“There are a number of prescriptions (of the faith) … that one isn’t at the behest of any authority other than that of Islam … and Allah.
Muslim duo’s refusal to stand is ‘a slur on court’
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
- NOVEMBER 28, 2014
TWO Muslims have refused to stand for a District Court judge, with one claiming they are not “at the behest of any authority other than Islam”.
Under NSW law an accused is required to stand to hear the charge against them and respond with a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Wassim Fayad and co-accused Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai both defied the law yesterday and remained seated during their arraignments on an aggravated break and enter charge in Parramatta District Court.
Fayad initially refused to stand for Judge Andrew Colefax in the morning but elected to stand in the afternoon and plead not guilty to one charge of aggravated break and enter and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Al-Ahmadzai, 24, has now been referred to NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard after refusing to stand for Judge Colefax three times during his proceedings.
The judge adjourned the case for several hours while considering referring Al-Ahmadzai and Fayad for contempt of court charges.
When Al-Ahmadzai refused to stand for a second time, telling Judge Colefax “no thank you’’, Fayad said from the dock “he has a bit of a sore leg’’.
But Al-Ahmadzai’s lawyer Arjun Chhabra told the court his client’s decision stemmed from a “philosophical and theological belief’’.
“He has a far stricter view (than other followers of Islam),’’ Mr Chhabra said.
More here. H/T: Jamie Glazov.