The Courier-Mail

Praise to Al­lah as ‘foolish’ man cleared of af­fray


SUP­PORT­ERS of a Mus­lim man who in­tim­i­dated an Iraqi Chris­tian while wear­ing cloth­ing with sym­bols as­so­ci­ated with ISIS chanted “Al­lahu Ak­bar” as they walked out of a court­room af­ter he was found not guilty of af­fray.

Syd­ney mag­is­trate Daniel Reiss de­scribed Su­lay­man Khalid’s be­hav­iour as “ob­nox­ious and dis­turb­ing,” when he and a group of friends sur­rounded a cleaner in an empty food court at Bankstown Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre last year.

“It is not in dis­pute that the ac­cused was wear­ing a long re­li­gious-type garb with sym­bols iden­ti­fied or as­so­ci­ated with ISIS,” Mr Reiss said. “For any­one to be march­ing around in cer­tain garb and get­ting in­volved in a re­li­gious ar­gu­ment of that kind is very, very foolish and wholly un­ac­cept­able.”

Khalid was sen­tenced in Bankstown Lo­cal Court yester- day to a 12-month good be­hav­iour bond af­ter plead­ing guilty to in­tim­i­dat­ing cleaner Petrus Matlub on Au­gust 10 last year.

The 20-year-old labourer was found not guilty of a sec­ond charge of af­fray.

Last year Khalid (pic­tured) made head­lines when he ap­peared on SBS TV show In­sight wear­ing a jacket em­bla­zoned with a flag as­so­ci­ated with ISIS for a de­bate about Mus­lim men go­ing to Syria to fight.

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