Accused ISIL recruiter ditched his trip to Syria because there was no toilet paper
An alleged terrorist recruiter cancelled his plans to travel to war-torn Syria after he learned toilet paper doesn’t exist.
A NSW Supreme Court jury was given transcripts of conversations on social media accounts between Hamdi Alqudsi, 41, and two of his alleged recruits Caner Temel and Mehmet Biber.
Alqudsi of St Helens Park, charged with helping seven men prepare to fight in Syria, ditched his plans to travel to the Middle East after hundreds of texts between Temel and Biber a court heard on Monday.
"Tell me how you eat, shower, toiletry please just give me an idea??" he asked.
"Tell me about where do you sleep, what you use to clean yourself, from shaving hair, give me a detail picture please brother???"
"We havt spongey mattresses…On the floor pretty much wherever in the building you want…Or even outside…And the toilets are pretty much same as Hajj [Mecca] lol…so start squatting," Biber responded.
"Cleaning your private parts???" Mr Alqudsi asked.
"Water…toilet paper dusnt (sic) exist."
Sanitary conditions in Syria appeared to concern Alqudsi who pressed the matter again with another one of his alleged recruits.
Crown Prosecutor David Staehli SC told the jury Alqudsi had been stopped on September 29, 2013 at the airport and his passport was cancelled.
His Western Sydney home was raided on December 3, 2013 and jihadi literature was found, including "A debate between the sword and the pen" and "The value regarding killing oneself to protect information".
Mr Alqudsi has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The trial continues.
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