Legal Costs for Gold Coast Arrest

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UPDATE from 18 November 2016:

Victory! Praise God that George Youssef was found not guilty by the magistrate. Because the police's case was so bad, George's barrister made a "no case to answer" submission which succeeded, meaning no defense was necessary. Our freedoms have been protected through this judgement.

Thank you very much to all those who have prayed or contributed money to towards the crowdfunding of it.

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Gold Coast preacher arrested for talking about sin

FamilyVoice reports:

George, a Queensland street preacher with the Operation 513 group, was arrested on Friday night, despite being authorised to assemble and preach peacefully in the Surfers Paradise Cavill Mall under the state's Peaceful Assembly Act. Operation 513 had preached in Cavill Mall on several previous occasions without any complaints.

At about 10.30 pm, a police sergeant approached George and told him to 'move on' after he had mentioned some sins listed in the Bible (eg 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) - such as adultery, slander, theft, greed, swindling and homosexual conduct. George and the group organiser Ryan Hemelaar asked for clarification. 

The female sergeant said (in part): "You have talked about homosexuality, offending members of the public about homosexuality.  You are talking about other religions [saying] that they aren't right, aren't God's way.  Now we have members of the public here who are of other religions.  Your words over this speaker are causing anxiety.  A member of the public has had a go at you and this man here [George] is antagonising him by quoting [from the Bible] in the opposite of what he is trying to say."

Ryan Hemelaar tried in vain to explain that the group had official authorisation, so that under section 45 of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, police could not lawfully give a 'move on' order. An acting senior police sergeant and an inspector then arrived and told George to move on immediately or be arrested.  George refused to move on. 

He was handcuffed and arrested for disobeying a police direction.  He was later released and  issued with a notice to appear in court later this month.

FamilyVoice Queensland director Geoffrey Bullock is deeply concerned by the police action. "Since when has it been an offence to discuss Bible teaching in Queensland?" he asked. "Whatever happened to religious freedom?  Are we rapidly becoming a police state?"

We need your help

This is where you come in, we need your help to fund a good legal defence team. The implications of this case are huge, if a police officer can order a person to move away if he or she says that Jesus is the only way, or talks about sin, that will have devastating consequences on what we can say in this country.

We want a proper legal defence for George, so that is why we need your support. Please give what you can towards this. Thank you!

This goes to trial on 16th May 2016 at the Southport Magistrates Court.

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Bank details:

Suncorp Bank
BSB: 484-799
Acct number: 507777540
Acct name: Operation 513 Inc.
Reference: George Legal

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UPDATE from 16 May 2016

There were 13 trials listed for today and unfortunately due to a lack of Magistrates, they had to adjourn George's trial until 1 August 2016.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying. Please keep committing this matter to the Lord.

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UPDATE from 1 August 2016

Today, George's barrister asked for the case to be dismissed even before the trial started, and the Magistrate was agreeing to dismiss the case, ruling that the team was an authorised public assembly under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992. But a senior prosecutor argued that the Magistrate needs to hear all the prosecutor's evidence before she can dismiss the case. So the Magistrate reluctantly agreed to hear the trial, saying "I think this will be a big waste of the court's time. This charge should never have been brought".

Due to the number of witnesses the prosecution had, the case had to be adjourned for a second day of the trial that will be held on the 31 August.

Thank you for praying, please keep this matter in your prayers.

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UPDATE from 31 August 2016:

Today, the police continued their case firstly with another police officer testifying. After that, the police prosecutor said that three of their civilian witnesses have failed to turn up to court to give evidence for the police's case. So the magistrate issued warrants for the arrest of the police's remaining witnesses.

As a result, the case has now been adjourned to 18 November 2016 so that these witnesses can be found and brought to court.

It appears the police's case is falling apart, but please continue to be praying for this matter and for the freedom to continue to share the good news of Jesus.

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UPDATE from 18 November 2016:

Victory! Praise God that George Youssef was found not guilty by the magistrate. Because the police's case was so bad, George's barrister made a "no case to answer" submission which succeeded, meaning no defense was necessary. Our freedoms have been protected through this judgement.

Thank you very much to all those who have prayed or contributed money to towards the crowdfunding of it.