He has two wives? Isn’t polygamy illegal in Australia?
And he is a disability pensioner, but he is well enough to recruit for jihad? UK jihadi Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:
“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).
“Six years’ jail for terrorist recruiter who sent jihadis to Syria,” by Simone Fox Koob, The Australian, September 2, 2016:
A western Sydney terrorist recruiter, a disability pensioner with two wives, has been sentenced to six years jail for helping send young Australian jihadis to Syria to fight.
Hamdi Alqudsi held up one finger and called out “I love you” to his relatives in a Parramatta courtroom yesterday at his Supreme Court sentencing.
A jury found the 42-year-old guilty of seven counts of performing services between June and October 2013 for persons with the intention of entering Syria to engage in armed hostilities. At least two of the men — Caner Temel and Tyler Casey — died fighting overseas.
Alqudsi’s wives quietly sobbed and several of his stepchildren watched as judge Christine Adamson handed down a sentence of eight years, with a fixed non-parole period of six years.
He will be eligible for release in July 2022.
Much of the trial focused on intercepted calls and text messages seized by police that detailed conversations between Alqudsi and Australian fighter Muhammad Ali Baryalei discussing accommodation for the men, the price of weapons and conditions for jihadi fighters.
The Syrian war was referred to as a “soccer game” that required “A-League players”, and Alqudsi as the coach.
Alqudsi did not give evidence until a sentencing hearing last month, where he broke down in tears and told the court: “I love Australia. I always have … I am not a terrorist man.”
His defence lawyer argued that his client wanted to help protect innocent civilians stuck in the civil war and was arranging the travel to war-torn Syria for humanitarian reasons.
Justice Adamson said she was convinced Alqudsi was a “central point of contact” for the men and “took upon himself the role of commander”, adding that the most valuable service he provided was connecting each of the men to Baryalei, which meant they could cross the border from Turkey to Syria.
She accepted the prosecution’s analogy that the offender was the “centre of a wheel in which the seven men and Mr Baryalei were the spokes”.
In considering sentencing, Justice Adamson was “not persuaded that the offender is either contrite or remorseful” and did “not regard his prospects of rehabilitation as good”….
Why would he be contrite or remorseful about serving Allah and Islam?