Islamic extremist with history of disrespecting court fails to stand for judge again
The Daily Telegraph
September 9 2015
AN Islamic extremist who has a history of not respecting courts has refused to stand for a district court judge at his trial for a ram raid at a shopping mall in Sydney’s north west.
Milad bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai, 25, refused to stand when he pleaded not guilty in Parramatta District Court this morning to a charge of break and enter with intent to steal at Macquarie Centre shopping complex in the early hours of May 15, 2013.
Judge Jane Culver, who is presiding over a judge alone trial, did not react when Al-Ahmadzai remained seated when entered his not guilty plea and later when the trial was adjourned.
It is alleged the 25-year-old father of one was one of three masked men who used two stolen vehicles to smash through the glass doors at Macquarie Centre and repeatedly ram a group of free standing ATMs.
When the group failed to dislodge the ATMs they fled in one of the vehicles, a Ford Econovan, leaving a Tarago behind.
Another man Wassim Fayad has pleaded guilty to the ram raid and is awaiting sentence in the District Court.
The Crown claims a number of phone intercepts between Fayad and Al-Ahmadzai as well as others to prove the former Epping Boys High School student was one of the masked men at the shopping centre that night.
In an intercepted phone call between Fayad and Al-Ahmadzai on the night before the ram raid the accused said: “Tomorrow me and you will go job hunting, ay.”
An hour before the ram raid Al-Ahmadzai allegedly told Fayad: “I’m dying for work let’s quickly go find something ay,” the Crown claims.
The crown alleges that after the ram raid Fayad was caught by a road camera speeding in his son, Zakariya Alameddine’s Toyota Camry through a street in Oaklands.
When Mr Alameddine received a fine it is alleged he signed a statutory declaration saying a third man Munther Abu-Taer was driving the vehicle at the time.
After police investigating the ram raid interviewed Mr Alameddine and Abu-Taer, Fayad called Al-Ahmadzai who was now in Goulburn Super Max on other offences.
In the phone call Fayad allegedly said: “Remember a little fishing trip we went on? Remember the fish that were very, very, very hard to get out of the water? They have come back to bite us.”
Defence barrister Ronald Driels said Al-Ahmadzai was never at the Macquarie Centre that night because he was on bail at the time and under a strict curfew to be at home at night.
“A sizeable security had been lodged by his family with very onerous conditions. One of those conditions was that he adhere to a curfew at night of 8pm to 7am,” Mr Driels said.
Al-Ahmadzai was sentenced to nine months jail in August last year for threatening to “slit” the throat and crack the neck of an ASIO officer.
He had been under surveillance for four years when he made threats over the phone to an ASIO officer and a police member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team on May 2 and 10 in 2013.
The Goulburn Super Max inmate has caused anger among prison guards because he refuses to kneel during security procedures due to his religious beliefs.
Al-Ahmadzai, who assaulted a guard, is the only inmate classed as a dangerous prisoner that does not need to kneel but instead sits cross-legged with his handcuffed hands behind his head.
Al-Ahmadzai also sited religious beliefs when he refused to stand for District Court Judge Ian McClintock who jailed him for his threatening phone calls.