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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hamdi Alqudsi on trial

Hamdi Alqudsi leaving Parramatta Court

An alleged jihadi recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi 41, who planned to go to Syria to fight, changed his mind when he was told the toilets were filthy, there was no toilet paper and you had to shower with a bucket of water.

A Supreme Court jury was given transcripts of conversations on WhatsApp and Skype at his trial for allegedly recruiting seven young men to fight in Syria.  He has pleaded not guilty.

Two days after the conversations about the harsh conditions, he decided not go.

"My father is having knee reconstruction so therefore no one will be able to take care of my elderly mother whose got cancer and my younger brother who's got MS.  As soon as he is able to get back to taking care of mum, then I will leave immediately."

The court heard his Sydney home was raided on 3 December and jihadi literature was found, including one document titled "killing oneself to protect information."

During cross examination, it was revealed that five males aged between 20 and 30 also lived at the house with Alqudsi and his wife Carnita Matthews.

The trial continues.