Judge dismisses appeal of Sydney anti-lockdown protest organiser Anthony Khallouf and sends him down

Good thing too…

A judge has told a Victorian man jailed for encouraging attendance at a Sydney anti-lockdown rally his actions were “stupid”, “irrational” and dangerous, dismissing his appeal.

Unemployed personal trainer Anthony Khallouf pleaded guilty to a string of charges including breaches of public health orders and making false representations to police.

The 29-year-old travelled from Queensland to Sydney before last month’s planned rally and stayed in a North Sydney hotel.

Days before the planned gathering, he uploaded a social media video jokingly conceding the potential “super spreader” event was cancelled, before declaring “nah f*** that shit, I’ll see you guys this Saturday”.

In a separate Instagram video with a black screen, Khallouf said his life was “under imminent threat” and urged followers to call NSW Police.

ABC News. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-01/nsw-covid-protest-organiser-loses-appeal/100425316