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Moutia Elzahed stands in court as she faces disrespectful behaviour charges

A woman who became the first person in NSW to be charged for allegedly refusing to stand for a judge has stood for a Sydney magistrate.

Moutia Elzahed, the wife of terrorist recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi, stood in court today.

She is accused of allegedly failing to stand for a District Court judge multiple times last year and faces nine counts of disrespectful behaviour under new laws.

But the 49-year-old stood for a different magistrate this afternoon.

Ben Fordham crosses to 2GB reporter Alice Hogg who was in court today.

“Later on when we adjourned she did actually rise with the rest of the court, which was interesting,” she says.

“Certainly it looks like a change of tune for her here.

“Her legal team is still fighting the charges on her behalf, we are hearing today they are challenging the validity of how she was charged and the Attorney General’s involvement.”

Click PLAY to hear Ben cross to 2GB police reporter Alice Hogg