It seems like it’s been ages since the last Salim Mehajer legal drama, and we’ve kind of been missing the guy, but this latest one is a doozy, and could see him facing up to 10 years’ jail on charges of electoral fraud.
Per reports in The Guardian, the Australian Federal Police have today served the controversial property developer and seven of his associates with court attendance notices.
It is alleged that Mehhajer forged documents in order to rig the results of the 2012 Auburn Council ballot.
He and his sister Fatima both face charges of using forged documents and producing a false or misleading document, and each face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The AFP have also charged Mehajer’s brother-in-law Jamal Elkheir, and five other associates who ran as candidates, with charges of producing a false of misleading document; all face up to two years in prison.
This has not been a great week for Mehajer. As reported on Friday by Sky News, the NSW state government’s plan to merge the current 43 local councils down to 25 will see him lose his job as Auburn Deputy Mayor, when Auburn merges with Holroyd.
With characteristic optimism, Mehajer said of the coming merger:
“I have my positive mindset. Despite the change, I believe the outcome will be great. The mind is a powerful tool when you fill it with positive things.”
Mehajer, his sister, and the six others will all face Sydney’s Downing Centre court in February.
Story: The Guardian