Islamic extremist failing to stand in court avoids contempt charges

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The Islamic extremist who refused to stand up in court causing an ongoing saga has avoided the contempt of court charges he was threatened with when NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton lost patience with his lack of respect for the justice system.

But today, the Daily Telegraph has reported that the man has not been hit with any such charges.

Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai, who is on trial for car theft and attempted murder in Parramatta District Court, again refused to stand up, previously claiming he is “not at the behest of any authority other than Islam”. 

Despite attempts by his barrister to avoid any issues by entering the court room after District Court judge Gregory Farmer SC, al-Ahmadzai continued to display his lack of respect for the judge by refusing to stand each time Farmer left the court.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Upton wrote to Solicitor-General Michael Sexton SC earlier this week, asking him to consider contempt charges.

“I have also sought advice from the Department of Justice for possible changes to the law so accused persons show respect for judicial officers and our system of justice,” she said.

Al-Ahmadzai had pleaded not guilty to six charges, including shooting with intent to murder a man outside a gay sex club in Rydalmere back in 2013, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Al-Ahmadzai has already been sentenced to nine months in prison for threatening to slit the throat of an ASIO officer.

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