Mehajer charged over drugs

Salim Mehajer.

Story appeared in: Review | March 29th, 2018

FACING a fresh series of charges, this time related to allegations of drug possession, Lidcombe's most high profile, former resident Salim Mehajer isn't having a good month.
The property developer and former deputy mayor of Auburn, has had three applications for bail refused since being jailed on January 24 after he was charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to cheat or defraud in relation to an allegedly staged car crash.
Last week he was also in court facing charges of stalking and breaching an AVO taken out on behalf of Aysha Learmonth, the woman he married in the spectacular wedding which brought him to the attention of the general public.
A week earlier, he was also declared bankrupt by a Federal Circuit Court judge after one of his companies failed to pay up more than $200,000 for a marble staircase in his Frances Street home.
On March 8, the Supreme Court also dismissed an unrelated case brought by Sydney Constructions and Developments Pty Ltd, a company in which Mr Mehajer is the sole shareholder, against Cumberland Council.
The company was seeking to enforce a sale contract signed in 2013 with the former Auburn Council to buy a council-owned car park in John Street at Lidcombe.
Supreme Court Justice Rowan Darke heard that since proceedings launched in 2016, the company had failed repeatedly to comply with court orders to produce documents to Cumberland Council.
A lawyer acting for the company said they couldn't be handed over because they were not in their possession or control, however Justice Drake noted that he was dismissing the charges because the the alternative would cause "undue prejudice" to Cumberland Council.
However he did suggest the company could launch fresh legal proceedings once it pays off the council's legal costs to date.

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Publication: Review | Section: news | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 136058 | Viewcount: 4661