Muslim cult leaders shout and argue for being fined $ 100,000 for illegally clearing land to build a religious camp
- Muslim Diwan al Dawla guild built a religious & # 39; retreat & # 39; in Colo, north of Sydney
- Development consent has never been sought from the Hawkesbury City Council
- Brothers Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali were told that they had to stop working at the hideout
- Pair ignored the Land and Environment Court and was accused of contempt
- They pleaded guilty, were fined more than $ 100,000 and laughed at leaving the court
Muslim cult leaders shouted and fought for being fined more than $ 100,000 for illegally clearing bushland to develop a religious retreat north west of Sydney.
Mustafa and Diaa Kara-Ali were told that they had to stop working on the bushland hideout in Colo in the Hawkesbury region last August.
On August 27, the Land and the Environmental Court ordered the couple to demolish and remove sheds, slabs, fences and all other structures that they had illegally built on the site within 28 days.
Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali (photo) were told that they had to stop working on the Bushland hideout in Colo in the Hawkesbury region last August.
Mustapha (right) and Diaa Kara-Ali (left) in the picture as they face Hawkesbury City Council officers at the gates of their 12-hectare estate in the Hawkesbury region in July
Judge Terence Sheahan's orders were ignored and the brothers appeared on Sydney's Land and Environmental Court on Thursday where they were convicted of 12 contempt for the court.
The brothers escaped a prison sentence but received a $ 100,000 fine instead.
According to the ABC, the men were seen and called before they were fined.
The couple's lawyer ordered the men to leave the courtroom and return after they had calmed down and were ready to be quiet.
When leaving the court, Mustapha Kara-Ali claimed & # 39; religious persecution & # 39; and he said: & our religion is a crime & # 39 ;.
The brothers and sisters born in Lebanon claimed that they were exempt from Australian laws because of their spiritual group. Diwan al Dawla was a religious charity.
The couple then refused to comply with legal orders to demolish buildings and repair the damage they had already done.
Muslim cult leaders got into trouble when they were fined more than $ 100,000 for illegally cleaning up bushland to develop a religious home north west of Sydney
The brothers and sisters born in Lebanon claimed that they were exempt from Australian laws because of their spiritual group, Diwan al Dawla was a religious charity
In December, the Australian charity and non-profit organization (ACNC) revoked the charity status of the Diwan Al Dawla guild.
Diwan Al Dawla was registered by the ACNC on October 21, 2016 for the purpose of promoting & # 39; religion and social or public prosperity & # 39 ;.
The brothers were also accused of capturing a man who had delivered court documents to the site by closing the gates while he was inside.
During Thursday's conviction, Justice Sheahan described their disdain in court as & # 39; blatantly & # 39 ;.
The couple is also fined $ 2,000 for each month after June in which they failed to repair the Colo accommodation.
For this reason, the couple refused to comply with court orders to demolish buildings and repair the damage they had already done