Extremist's wife sentenced in Sydney court

 9news.com.au  7/11/2018 3:07:00 AM  2  

The wife of a terrorist recruiter has been spared jail and will instead serve 75 hours of community service for refusing to stand for a judge in court.

In Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, Moutia Elzahed, 50, became first person in NSW to be sentenced for the offence.

Elzahed, who is married to jailed Islamic State extremist Hamdi Alqudsi, was in May found guilty of nine counts of disrespectful behaviour in court.

Moutia Elzahed (left) is seen leaving the Downing Centre Local Courts in Sydney today. (AAP)
Moutia Elzahed (left) is seen leaving the Downing Centre Local Courts in Sydney today. (AAP)

The magistrate found Elzahed had repeatedly and intentionally flouted the established court convention in 2016 when she failed to rise for District Court Judge Audrey Balla.

Elzahed said she only stood for Allah but Ms Huntsman found no evidence she'd acted on a genuine religious belief.

Elzahed has been sentenced to 75 hours of community service. (AAP)
Elzahed has been sentenced to 75 hours of community service. (AAP)

CCTV footage previously played in court showed Elzahed failed to rise nine times in November and December, with each offence carrying a maximum jail term of 14 days and/or a $1100 fine.

In 2016, Elzahed had been trying to sue the state and federal governments on claims of police violence and wrongful imprisonment over a raid on her Sydney home two years earlier.

She was ultimately unsuccessful.

© AAP 2018

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