Muslim wife of a terrorist recruiter and her family will have to shell our $250,000 in legal costs after losing a court battle.
The NSW District Court has ruled Moutia Elzahed, her husband and teenage sons must pay $95,000 to the Federal Police and more than $150,000 to NSW police.
Friday’s ruling comes after Ms Elzahed lost her proposition to sue both agencies last December over claims of assault during a counter-terrorism raid on her Revesby home.
She claimed she was punched and handcuffed in an ‘aggressive and hurtful manner’ when police stormed her south-western Sydney home in September 2014.
Judge Audrey Balla ruled Elzahed, who stays in a small weatherboard housing commission home, now has 28 days to produce the levies.
‘Taking a broadbrush approach, I am satisfied that the sum of $158,706.18 is reasonable,’ Judge Balla said.
Daily Mail Australia has called Elzahed’s lawyer Zali Burrows for comment. Last year’s court proceedings have left Elzahed with problems on other fronts.
She was charged with nine counts of disrespectful behaviour in court after apparently refusing to stand for Judge Balla during the proceedings.
Her lawyer, Clive Evatt, told the court he was told she ‘only stands for Allah’. She did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court earlier this month. Her lawyer told the court her client was ‘unwell’.
Ms Burrows said her client was considering a constitutional challenge to the laws. Elzahed is the first person to be charged with the disrespect laws in New South Wales.
The case continues.