Man spends £50,000 fighting £130 speeding fine

Mustafa Al Shakarji says he "was not speeding"

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Speed camera sign, Pacific Highway, south of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

A man in Australia has spent £50,000 fighting a speeding fine worth just £130.

Mustafa Al Shakarji, an Iraqi who fled his homeland in 2002, used Google Earth to allege that the police officer who issued the ticket got the wrong car.

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The 24-year-old is attempting to overturn the speeding fine a second time after being granted an appeal in the Brisbane District Court.

Speaking to News.com.au, he said: "I am from a country rife with corruption in the police and the government, but Australia is so different.

"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?"

Al Shakarji was pulled over by the police in March 2012 when the radar detected him driving 88km/h in a 60km/h speed zone.

Speaking to Current Affair, he said: "I was not speeding, absolutely."

Radar laser consultant Roy Zegers believes there were discrepancies in the reading.

"Devices should not be used in a heavily built up area and in this case it was an extremely heavily built up area," he said.

Mustafa says that he is willing to take the case to Australia's High Court if he has to.

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