Sunday, March 22, 2009

OZ:Muslim Gang Actor Jailed for Violence

The Muslim actor who played a Lebanese gang leader in the movie The Combination was arrested on an assault charge, which was in retaliation for a previous street brawl. I guess that the movie could of been called a biography.

Hat tip to Brett.

Crime actor jailed for violence
ONE of the stars of a new Australian movie about gang violence will be in jail when the film premieres next month.

Ali Haider, 19, who stars in The Combination, is facing a charge of assault occasioning actual harm.

He was refused bail in Sydney's Central Local Court on Friday, the movie's writer George Basha confirmed.

As Haider appeared via video link from Parklea prison, Basha was in court to offer his support, along with director David Field and producer John Pirrie.

Basha said the assault charge was in relation to a street brawl in Sydney's CBD late last year.
Haider has been in custody since mid-November.

Basha said Haider's lawyers had reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and were confident he would be released.

But that won't happen before his next scheduled court hearing on February 24.

The red carpet premiere for The Combination will be held on February 17 in Parramatta.

Basha said everyone involved in the film was very disappointed, but hoped Haider would be released before the film's February 26 release in cinemas around the country.

"I spent the whole day there thinking they were going to get him out. Our lawyer is disappointed too because he didn't think Ali did much,'' Basha said.

"I wanted him to be there at the red carpet to experience it, I'm very disappointed for him especially too. But it's pretty much out of our hands now.''

In The Combination, a film about gangs and racism, Haider plays a violent young Lebanese man.

His character Zeus is involved in armed hold-ups, drugs and shootings.

In one scene, when told he could end up in jail, he responds in the film: "That doesn't scare me bros.''

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