He is accused of being the mastermind behind a network sending Australians to Syria to fight alongside al-Qaeda, but yesterday Hamdi Alqudsi said he was a disability pensioner with only $500 to his name.
But police allege Alqudsi, 39, had access to funds to pay the airfares and accommodation for a number of men now in Syria, believed to have headed there to engage in hostile activities.
Alqudsi, who told investigators he has two wives, is the partner of controversial Muslim Carnita Matthews – the woman who, in 2010, claimed police tried to rip off her burqa to see her face during a roadside breath test.
She was later found guilty of making a false statement.
Police allege Alqudsi was the main go-between for the men, linking them with known associates of Jabhat Al Nusra in Syria, which is closely linked to Al-Qaeda.
“He had access to funds and helped a number with money for fares and other expenses,” police said.
What else does the poor disabled Hamdi do in his spare time?
The men wore matching black hoodies with the words “Islamic Brotherhood Worldwide” and “One Day One Flag”. In Arabic is written: “There is no deity except Allah and Mohammed is a messenger of Allah.”
He calls himself Hamdi Abu Ibrahim (Hamdi Father of Ibrahim) and his real name is Hamdi Alqudsi.
There is no sucker except the Western welfare state and Mohammed will take it for all he can get before blowing it up.