Sydney siege: Hostage-taker’s wife and convert to Islam, Amirah Droudis, was once hairdresser called Anastasia

Amirah Droudis was convicted alongside Man Haron Monis of sending offensive letters to the families of fallen soldiers. Source.

…[W]hat has emerged in a picture of a woman who seems to have undergone a complete transformation following her conversion to Islam about five years ago. Far from bringing her peace and spirituality, her life after she fell in with the self-styled sheik Man Haron Monis, appears to have taken a seriously bad turn.

unnamed-5A photo of Droudis before she converted to Islam.

Last year she was found guilty, along with Monis, of sending abusive letters to the families of dead Australian Defence Force personnel. The letters called them unclean pigs and accused them of, among other things, being terrorists for killing Afghan women and children.

Droudis also appears to have been the financier of Monis’s website, which carried links to his letters and her videos in which she confessed to being a terrorist because she did not find Islam earlier.

They also clearly had grander plans. Droudis, Monis and a third man, Amin Khademi, set up a company Australian United Muslim Clerics Pty Ltd in 2008 but it was deregistered in June 2010.

But there are more serious charges pending against Droudis. In April last year, she was charged with the murder of Monis’s ex-wife Noleen Hayson Pal, aged 33, who was stabbed 18 times and set alight in a stairwell in Werrington. Monis is charged with being an accessory before and after the fact. The magistrate who granted her and Monis bail described the prosecution case as weak, and concluded that neither was a threat to anyone other than the deceased…