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AustraliaKings Cross identity John Ibrahim challenges gun ban

11:06  21 march  2019
11:06  21 march  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim challenges gun ban© Janie Barrett John Ibrahim is applying to have a firearm prohibition order lifted.

A secret tribunal hearing was held for police to argue why Kings Cross nightclub owner John Ibrahim should not have a gun in his absence after the Sydney identity challenged the ban.

Police slapped Mr Ibrahim with a firearm prohibition order during a raid involving sniffer dogs searching his Dover Heights mansion in July last year, in a move his lawyer Abbas Soukie described at the time as "an abuse of process".

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller granted the prohibition order, a special power allowing police to search the home or car of a target without a warrant, claiming Mr Ibrahim was "not fit, in the public interest, to have possession of a firearm".

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Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim challenges gun ban© Seven News Police searching John Ibrahim's home in July 2018.

Mr Ibrahim, now a best-selling author for his memoir Last King of the Cross, has applied to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a review of the gun ban, requiring police to disclose material relevant to their decision.

Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim challenges gun ban© AAP Kyle Sandilands outside John Ibrahim's home.

But in a judgment published on Thursday, NCAT senior member Philip Boyce ruled NSW Police did not have to lodge copies of the documents relevant to its stance against Mr Ibrahim.

Mr Boyce said the police Commissioner applied to the tribunal to receive the documents "in a private hearing, in the absence of Mr Ibrahim and his lawyers, and that the documents not be disclosed to Mr Ibrahim or his lawyers."

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Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim challenges gun ban© AAP Sarah Budge

Mr Boyce said the hearing was held in closed court, without Mr Ibrahim or his lawyers being present.

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Radio broadcaster Kyle Sandilands, a friend of Mr Ibrahim's, arrived during last year's search of Mr Ibrahim's cliff-top home, telling assembled media there were no guns inside the house.

"They've been here like 40 times. They've pulled out walls with suction caps, there are no guns here. Stop wasting money," Sandilands said.

Mr Soukie released a statement following the search, saying his client "vigorously challenged" the order.

"It is our view that the firearm prohibition order constitutes an abuse of process and is entirely without merit," he said.

"Mr Ibrahim emphatically rejects any suggestion, express or implied, of any involvement in any illegal activity, and regards the continued and sustained harassment by NSW Police as unwarranted".

He has not been charged with any offences.

In an unrelated matter, Mr Ibrahim's model girlfriend Sarah Budge is facing trial for allegedly possessing an unauthorised Glock 26 pistol following raids relating to a tobacco and drug importation syndicate in 2017.

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The trial, which was due to begin in the NSW District Court in February, was delayed so Ms Budge could care for her terminally ill mother.

Mr Ibrahim's brother Michael admitted in December to being involved the smuggling ring in which his younger brother Fadi is also allegedly a player.

Fadi Ibrahim is only charged in relation to allegedly importing tobacco products.

Daniel Taylor, the son of John Ibrahim, last year had a charge of dealing with an instrument of crime, relating to handling $2.25 million cash, dismissed.

John Ibrahim is also defending a defamation suit brought by colourful identity Tom Domican, who claims he was wrongly painted as a "violent criminal" who was "willing to be hired to kill people other than the Ibrahims."

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It comes after Al Jazeera broadcast its undercover investigation exposing recordings of members of Australia's One Nation party asking American pro-gun groups for money to help relax gun control. One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson and chief-of-staff James Ashby travelled to the U.S. on a fundraising mission in September last year and were filmed saying they could 'change Australia' if given money. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson (left) and chief-of-staff James Ashby (right) travelled to the U.S.

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