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Islamic leader accused of illegal land clearing claims his group is exempt from Australian law

Islamic leader accused of illegal land clearing claims his group is exempt from Australian law

Islamic leader accused of illegal land clearing claims his group is exempt from Australian law

A religious leader accused of illegal land clearing on a rural property used for religious prayer has claimed a Western Sydney council is infringing on his group's religious freedoms by pursuing him over the allegations.

Key Points Hawskbury Council launches court action against Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diaa Kara-Ali, claiming they carried out illegal land clearing and other works without DAs

The Kara-Alis use the property to pursue religious worship with religious guild Diwan Al Dawla

Hawkesbury City Council has launched civil action against Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diaa Kara-Ali in the Land and Environment Court, alleging they carried out illegal land clearing, earthworks and built gates, fences and driveways without seeking any of the relevant development approvals at a property in Colo, in Sydney's north west.

Source: www.abc.net.au
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