(NEWSER) – When Mustafa Al Shakarji immigrated with his family to Australia from Iraq in 2002, he found a country far less rife with government and police corruption. So when he got a $180 (in US dollars) speeding ticket he felt was flat out wrong back in March 2012, he decided to fight it—and is still contesting it, reports news.com.au.
"In Iraq I couldn't stand up to speak out, but here you can when you don't think it's right, so why wouldn't you?" he told news.com.au back in 2011, when he was discussing another ticket he successfully fought. (That story made news because he used Google Earth images to make the case police had the wrong car.) The main difference here is that Al Shakarji says he has spent at least $14,000 fighting the ticket, even though he has represented himself over five hearings, which include police appealing the appeal he won.
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