Muslims who claimed to be above Australian law fined by non-Muslim judge who assures them he follows Qur’an
“The Holy Koran considers justice a supreme virtue, and I assure the defendants that this court pursues that virtue in every case it deals with, just as the Holy Koran requires of its adherents,” Justice Terence Sheahan told Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali.
He could have just said, “In Australia, Australian law applies to everyone.”
Instead, he engaged in this shameless Islamopandering, attempting to convince them that the Qur’an teaches what he says it does, not what they say it does. This is as foolish as the many judges who lecture jihadi defendants about how Islam teaches peace. Instead of pontificating about a book he has almost certainly not read or studied, Sheahan and his fellow judges should be pondering the implications of statements such as the one Mustapha Kara-Ali made upon leaving the court: “Our religion is prime, the cross belongs in the dustbin of history.” They should be pondering what that means for Australia’s future, and trying to determine how many Muslims in Australia agree with the Kara-Alis. But they won’t.
Two Muslim brothers who claim Australian law does not apply to them have been fined $100,000 for contempt of court. Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali reportedly laughed when the judge handed down the punishment today in Sydney’s Land and Environment Court, after they were compelled to appear for felling trees on a northwest Sydney property without council permission.
The brothers had tried to argue that the Islamic organisation they ran, Diwan Al Dawla, was exempt from Australian law on religious grounds.
They failed in their bid and were fined $100,000 for what a judge called a “flagrant” breach of a court order to stop construction works to build a Muslim religious centre on their rural property in Colo.
They and their business were convicted on 12 charges of contempt of court.
A furious Mustapha Kara-Ali left the Court on Thursday saying: “Our religion is prime, the cross belongs in the dustbin of history.”
In his written judgment, Justice Terence Sheahan said the pair had ignored orders to appear in court and only turned up after being arrested. Mustapha had said attending court could lead to “hit squads” perusing him.
“The Holy Koran considers justice a supreme virtue, and I assure the defendants that this court pursues that virtue in every case it deals with, just as the Holy Koran requires of its adherents,” the judge said.
Diaa was the sole director of Southern Chariot Stud Pty Ltd, which owned the property on Sydney’s rural fringe. The brothers began building a religious site next to the Colo River and felled trees until Hawkesbury City Council intervened mid-2018, ordering them to stop the unauthorised works.
The brothers failed to stop construction work on the property, which eventually included four flagpoles, a boat ramp, a wall and gates. Construction work had also begun on a series of buildings.
In September, Mustapha told the council he had an issue with the “religious symbolism of court”. Specifically, he objected to the St George Cross on both the Australian and NSW coat of arms which, he said, harked back to the Crusades, a series of medieval religious wars between Muslim and Christian forces. “How can it be that I’m expected to be loyal to the religious symbols of another religion, because such symbols are given coercive force?” he said in a submission last year justifying why he would not attend court.
“To be present at an adjudicating court that upholds the religious symbols of the crusades is religiously unacceptable.” He said a religious association such as Diwan Al Dawla can “choose to not comply with state laws” in matters of religious practice.
“We believe that the NSW court’s upholding of religious symbols that represent the Crusader wars of the medieval period encourages and incites religious violence against us by a group of hit squads who share the desire to uphold their own religious symbols which they consider to be official over ours,” he said.