I’ll take the victory…..
Islamic State recruiter’s wife LOSES police brutality claim and is hit with $100,000 in court costs – after she refused to remove her burqa in court or stand for ‘anyone but Allah’
District Judge Audrey Balla threw out all six brutality claims on Thursday morning brought by Ms Elzahed and her family
- Moutia Elzahed has lost her lawsuit against police over alleged brutality
- She claimed police assaulted her in a 2014 counter terrorism raid in Sydney
- Ms Elzahed refused to remove her veil to give evidence in court
- She also refused to stand for the judge because of her Muslim faith
The wife of an Islamic State recruiter who refused to remove her burqa in court has lost a brutality complaint against counter terrorism police and is facing a legal bill of up to $100,000.
Moutia Elzahed accused police of assaulting her during an early morning counter-terrorism raid at her southwest Sydney home in September 2014.
District Judge Audrey Balla threw out all six brutality claims on Thursday morning.
Ms Elzahed, whose husband Hamdi Alqudsi is a convicted Islamic State recruiter, had refused to take off her burqa to give evidence over the six-day hearing.
Ms Elzahed, who was the lead plaintiff, said police tried to pull the blankets off her when they entered her bedroom to raid the Revesby home she shared with Alqudsi and her two teenage sons at 4.30 in the morning.
She alleged she was punched in the ear, eye and head, called a ‘b****’, handcuffed in an aggressive manner, screamed at, and humiliated.
Both Australian Federal Police and NSW Police refuted her accusations.
Judge Balla ruled in favour of police in part because Ms Elzahed would not directly give evidence because she refused to take off her burqa.
Ms Elzahed’s husband Hamdi Alqudsi (pictured) is a convicted Islamic State recruiter