Dressed in a burqa, the Aussie mum of four whose Muslim extremist husband is fighting in Syria appears in court on terrorism charges

A mother of four who was arrested at Sydney Airport as she was boarding a plane with her four children and later charged with supporting terrorism has left a Sydney court today covered in a burqa and with her children’s faces also covered.

Fatima Elomar, 29, is charged with charged with preparing for incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

Ms Elomar wore a hijab in court but her face was uncovered for Magistrate Teresa O’Sullivan. But when she left the court  she covered her face so that only a tiny slit around her eyes was visible, as well as holding a sheet of cloth to further shield her identity.

Her two sons, daughter and baby were also covered as she left the court with her lawyer, Zali Burrows.

Bizarre exit: Fatima Elomar exits the Downing Centre court complex in a burqa holding her baby daughter shrouded with a piece of cloth and with her three other children also covered up tailed by lawyer Zali Burrows following Ms Elomar's appearance on terrorist related charges

Bizarre exit: Fatima Elomar exits the Downing Centre court complex in a burqa holding her baby daughter shrouded with a piece of cloth and with her three other children also covered up tailed by lawyer Zali Burrows following Ms Elomar’s appearance on terrorist related charges

 

Fatima Elomar (left) hides under a burqa as she emerges from the Downing Centre court complex with her lawyer Zali Burrows (right) anc four children after appearing before Magistrate Teresa O'Sullivan on terrorism related charges

Fatima Elomar (left) hides under a burqa as she emerges from the Downing Centre court complex with her lawyer Zali Burrows (right) anc four children after appearing before Magistrate Teresa O’Sullivan on terrorism related charges

 

Lawyer Zali Burrows holds a sheet over the faces of three children of Fatima Elomar (right, pictured in a burqa and with a cloth over the head of her baby daughter) after McElomar appeared in a Sydney court on charges of supporting terrorism

Lawyer Zali Burrows holds a sheet over the faces of three children of Fatima Elomar (right, pictured in a burqa and with a cloth over the head of her baby daughter) after McElomar appeared in a Sydney court on charges of supporting terrorism

Fatima Elomar (above, leaving court on Tuesday with her lawyer and children) is the wife of Mohamed Elomar is believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Mr Elomar is believed to have flown to Syria late last year with Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist, who fled the country on his brother's passport

Fatima Elomar (above, leaving court on Tuesday with her lawyer and children) is the wife of Mohamed Elomar is believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Mr Elomar is believed to have flown to Syria late last year with Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist, who fled the country on his brother’s passport

 

Her husband is Mohamed Elomar is believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Mr Elomar is believed to have flown to Syria late last year with Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist, who fled the country on his brother’s passport.

Sharrouf has allegedly been tweeting pictures in support of ISIS terrorists.

Ms Elomar was arrested by joint counter-terrorism detectives at Sydney Airport on May 3 while trying to board a flight to Malaysia with her children.

She was reportedly carrying cash and camouflage gear, on behalf of her husband, who is in Syria.

Ms Elomar’s lawyer Zali Burrows made an application under the crimes Act to the downing Centre court to have her address suppressed to protect the safety of herself and her children.

Ms Burrows said Ms Elomar ‘has received threats’ and feared harassment from anti-Muslim groups.

Ms Burrows said the ‘ADL (Australian Defence League) or anti-Islamic groups’ could target her client if her address was published.

Ms Burrows excused the presence of Ms Elomar’s children in the court, saying they were there because it was ‘school holidays’.

Threats: Fatima Elomar (pictured with children and lawyer Zali Burrows) made an application to the court for suppression of her address, saying she had received 'threats' following her being charged with a terrorism related offence

Threats: Fatima Elomar (pictured with children and lawyer Zali Burrows) made an application to the court for suppression of her address, saying she had received ‘threats’ following her being charged with a terrorism related offence

 

Ms Elomar, who describes her self as 'a devoted mother of four', attended court with her children to appear on a charge of supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

Ms Elomar, who describes her self as ‘a devoted mother of four’, attended court with her children to appear on a charge of supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

 

Fighting in Syria: Fatima Elomar's husband Mohamed Elomar (pictured) is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria. Ms Elomar was arrested in May before trying to board a flight in Sydney allegedly with money and camouflage clothing

Fighting in Syria: Fatima Elomar’s husband Mohamed Elomar (pictured) is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria. Ms Elomar was arrested in May before trying to board a flight in Sydney allegedly with money and camouflage clothing

In May, through her lawyer, Ms Elomar described herself a ‘devoted mother’ of her four children and said the charges were ‘serious and over-zealous’.

In a statement, Ms Elomar said her children had suffered enough from not being able to visit Malaysia for a holiday, which she claims was her intended destination when she boarded the plane.

‘The ordeal of being interviewed without their mother, being unable to return home to their friends and school, having to adjust to a new way of life of reporting in to the police station with mum, and the task of trying to make new friends at a new school in a new state,’ her lawyer told the Daily Telegraph.

Ms Elomar is the wife of Mohamed Elomar, an extremist believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Elomar is the nephew of convicted terrorist Mohamed Elomar, who plotted with four other men in 2005 to bomb targets in a bid to force Australia’s government to change its policy on Middle East conflicts.

Ms Elomar (pictured, above at the Downing Centre court complex with her children and lawyer Zali Burrows) is the wife of Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Ms Elomar (pictured, above at the Downing Centre court complex with her children and lawyer Zali Burrows) is the wife of Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to be fighting with terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

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Ms Elomar said her arrest highlighted the pitfalls for travellers packing camouflage gear as a fashion item.

‘At the end of the day this is an example of one must be careful what you pack to travel, let it be a travel warning to leave the camouflage pants at home and best check with Smart Traveller as to what the acceptable fashion is,’ she said.

Ms Elomar said her case was a warning to other travellers to be careful of the ‘fashion’ items they packed.

‘At the end of the day this is an example of one must be careful what you pack to travel, let it be a travel warning to leave the camouflage pants at home and best check with Smart Traveller as to what the acceptable fashion is,’ she said.

Ms Elomar (pictured standing behind her lawyer) was arrested by joint counter-terrorism detectives at Sydney Airport on May 3 while trying to board a flight to Malaysia with her children

Ms Elomar (pictured standing behind her lawyer) was arrested by joint counter-terrorism detectives at Sydney Airport on May 3 while trying to board a flight to Malaysia with her children

 

Ms Elomar has been charged with supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

Mrs Elomar was arrested in May allegedly boarding a plane at Sudney airport to join her husband who is fighting in Syria appeared in court with her children.

The case has been adjourned to September 9.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684070/Mother-four-appears-court-charged-terrorism.html#ixzz36rLhcTma

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