Bit by bit, every conceivable “legal safeguard” present in Australian law seems to be being eroded when it comes to dealing with the supposed threat of “extremism”.
The latest – and perhaps most startling yet – is a young woman being charged for “refusing to answer questions”. Of course, it is now (conveniently) illegal not to do so, but this new law’s first practical implementation brings home the sheer absurdity of the policies and measures the Australian government has been willing to pursue in its attempts to implement its “national security” agenda.
What would have been thought an absolute impossibility only years ago is now passed over without much more than articles written by some civil libertarians protesting the “erosion of legal principles” in Australia.
The Muslim community, of course, believes no such myth – it has seen over the last 15 years the gradual manufacture of a carefully crafted image of Islam and Muslims as an existential threat, with some of its adherents being a nefarious 5th column in society who need to be contained by any means necessary. Such laws are only possible with the public hysteria that has been created to this affect by subsequent governments and a rampant conservative media.
Time will tell how much more startling things will get.
Wife of teen terror accused Sameh Bayda charged with failure to answer questions
THE teenage bride of a Sydney terror suspect has been refused bail after appearing in court charged with failing to answer questions at the Crime Commission.
Alo-Bridget Namoa, from Auburn in Sydney’s west, offered to stay with her mother and avoid all Muslim people and mosques if granted bail.
But Magistrate George Zdenkowski said Namoa’s links to her husband, who is before the courts on terror-related charges, and their alleged support for Islamic State, made her an unacceptable risk to the community if released.
Namoa is due to face Central Local Court on February 11.
Bayda is in Goulburn Supermax after his arrest last week over allegations he collected documents on how to carry out a stabbing and make a bomb.
It is understood the couple, both aged 18, did not reside at the same address.
Namoa allegedly refused to answer questions before the Crime Commission yesterday morning and was charged with 31 counts of failure to answer questions under Section 25 of the Crime Commissions Act late last night. She was previously the subject of a Firearms Prohibition Order.
Her husband faced Parramatta Local Court last week.
It was alleged he had in his possession three terror-related documents, two in Arabic and a third in English produced by terror group al-Qaeda, which allegedly provided “instructions on how to carry out a successful stabbing attack”, while another “provided instructions on how to make an improvised explosive device”.
The third document was an “image of a PDF document in English published by prescribed terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”, court documents allege.
Bayda, a former Granville Boys High School student, was charged following a raid at his Guildford home on January 13 where officers seized a number of items and served the teen with a FPO. The husband and wife were served with FPOs on the same day and remain the subjects of an ongoing police investigation.
A middle-aged man and two women were in court to support the teen last week but it was unclear if either woman was his wife, with one clad in a niqab.
While Bayda’s social media accounts have since been deactivated, he had listed his occupation on Facebook as “Dawah — Calling”.
Bayda reappeared in Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday and did not make a bail application and will appear in Central Local Court on March 30 via audiovisual link.
His wife was last night refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court today.
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