A COVID-19 conspiracy theorist will plead not responsible to breaching public well being orders after he allegedly organised two unauthorised protests in Sydney final month.
Joseph Mekhael, 36, was charged with two counts of failing to adjust to public well being orders following the protests in Parramatta on February 16 and 23.
He appeared at Parramatta Local Court wearing a camouflage shorts and a T-shirt with the slogan “The Save The World Army” emblazoned on it.
His lawyer, Jennifer Mouhaweg, mentioned he meant to plead not responsible, and the matter was adjourned till March.
Outside court, a second lawyer, Shams Ahmad, mentioned he believed that they had a “strong case” and Mr Mekhael revered the court course of.
“We’re going to let the court process run its course. There will be no further comment,” Mr Ahmad mentioned.
Mr Mekhael then launched into a prolonged rant through which he labelled the federal government “diabolical dipsticks”, claimed coronavirus was a rip-off, and made false claims about vaccination.
Questioned on whether or not he would go to jail for his views, he mentioned: “Nothing can steal my joy because I’m doing the right thing. I’m happy every day, 24/7, 365. Keeping the dream alive.”
Asked “Is that a yes?”, his lawyer replied, “It’s a no comment.”
Mekhael lately shot to fame when a photograph of him on Channel 9 was wrongly captioned as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
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