Sydney lawyer Zali Burrows pictured here with her client and convicted terrorist recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi. Zali has a colourful client list, including BKA Director Charlie Hogg.
Outspoken Sydney lawyer Zali Burrows currently represents Brahma Kumaris Australia, one of her colourful list of clients, which includes a convicted drug smuggler, a convicted(12/07/16) terrorist recruiter*, an Isis supporter, a genial biker and... the Australian director of Brahma Kumaris! (see slideshow).
Zali stood for the Palmer United Party at the last election,(ref ms
orange at +BK AUSTRALIA : MORE!) gaining some
2% of the vote in Blaxland, and, among other things calling for national holidays for Muslim holi-days. Zali also called for better treatment of refugees and we certainly join her in that. Ms Burrows is of the Muslim faith and has been representing
Australians, who have caught the eye of the authorities and the media, on suspicion of international terrorist connections, as well as convicted drug dealers, and Peter Mauric, a Bandido biker accused of ‘affray’. Peter praised
Zali’s expertise and said ‘any crims who want good representation’ should call Zali. Zali was less successful in her defence of a trio of drug smugglers earlier this year, who were convicted of importing commercial quantities
of cocaine. Zali is also working on an appeal to the High Court on behalf of 15 Muslim men who have had their passports confiscated.
We note that it is quite
unusual, probably unique, for Brahma Kumaris to engage a lawyer who presents with such newsworthy clients, but then Brahma Kumaris is itself wonderfully controversial, so perhaps it is entirely on track for BKA to be calling on Zali...and its certainly
a plus for BK Programs Interfaith, as it's probably the first time that a Muslim lawyer has represented a religion with such strong Hindu roots.Though in all seriousness, not an attitude we often take with our BKs, we did suggest
that a less controversial lawyer might be more appropriate for the group: but we didn't get a response. Not unusual.
The law sometimes introduces unusual bedfellows! For a group
that prefers to stay away from the legal limelight, Divine Brother Charlie Hogg has chosen a media savvy lawyer who sure likes to tell her story loud and clear...
* "A Sydney man has been found guilty of recruiting young men to fight with militant groups in Syria.
Hamdi Al Qudsi was the first person in Australia to be charged under the Commonwealth Foreign Incursions and Recruitment Act.
His Supreme Court
trial heard that two of the men he recruited were killed in Syria.
Al Qudsi faces a maximum penalty of ten years' jail"-ABC
NEWS JULY 12 2016