Australia Liberal Party kebab shop incident stemmed from 'race and gender bias', police say

07:51  07 august  2018
07:51  07 august  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Mohammed Reda, 28, from Arncliffe appeared before Sutherland Court this morning charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer in the course of executing their duty.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from an alleged brawl which erupted during a Liberal Party branch meeting at Naji's Charcoal Chicken and Kebabs, in Arncliffe, on June 18.

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Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". "They are appealing for anyone who may have vision of the incident to come forward." The Liberal Party said it would "fully

One man was taken to hospital after the incident.

It is alleged Mr Reda also pushed a female officer during the arrest.

The fight allegedly erupted over claims some members were trying to "stack" the branch with outsiders.

Documents tendered to court today included a police report, which stated: "The alleged facts of this matter suggest that this offence may have been both racially and gender bias motivated," the police report said.

The ABC understands Mr Reda is not a member of the Liberal Party.

Mr Reda's bail has been continued, along with his curfew being lifted.

The case resumes next month.

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