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Ibrahim brothers extradited from Dubai after drug charges

Michael and Fadi Ibrahim will be extradited to Australia to face charges related to alleged drug and tobacco importation.

Extradition requests from the Australian Federal Police are said to have been granted by the United Arab Emirates Minister for Justice in Dubai, according to The Daily Telegraph. 

Four other men, including Stephen Fawaz Elmir, Mustapha Dib, Koder Jomaa and Hakan Arif are also expected to be brought back to Australia under the ruling.

Ibrahim brothers Michael (pictured right) and Fadi (not pictured) will be extradited to Australia to face charges related to alleged drug and tobacco importation

The Ibrahim brothers were arrested in Dubai in early August as part of an AFP investigation into drug and tobacco syndicates.

It came as raids were conducted by federal and state authorities across several Australian suburbs, in one of the biggest police operations against organised crime.

On Thursday, lawyers for the men waiting to be extradited were said to be checking to see if there were any legal avenues to have the decision overturned.

However, the situation reportedly ‘appears as if it is a done deal,’ according to News Corp. 

Fadi Ibrahim (pictured) was arrested with his brother in Dubai over alleged drug importation charges in August

Extradition requests from the Australian Federal Police for the brothers (including Michael pictured centre) are said to have been granted by the United Arab Emirates Minister for Justice in Dubai

Extradition requests from the Australian Federal Police for the brothers (including Michael pictured centre) are said to have been granted by the United Arab Emirates Minister for Justice in Dubai

The AFP reportedly began investigating two inter-related crime syndicates in mid-2016, with information suggesting criminals in Dubai and the Netherlands were also involved.

Middle Eastern Crime Squad and Australian Federal Police officers conducted dawn raids on 32 homes scattered across Sydney on August 8, issuing 52 warrants.

In these initial raids investigators arrested 17 people in three countries – including nine men and one woman in Sydney, five men in Dubai and two men in The Netherlands.

One of the men alleged to be part of the syndicate lodged an application for bail in the New South Wales Supreme Court Thursday.

Fares Derbas is accused of importing and distributing more than 900,000 packets of cigarettes.

The items are believed to have had a worth of $1.8million, with Derbas allegedly assisting in five separate sales for them. 

Raids were conducted on August 8 regarding organised crime syndicates, with investigators arresting 17 people in three countries - including five men in Dubai (stock photo pictured)

Raids were conducted on August 8 regarding organised crime syndicates, with investigators arresting 17 people in three countries – including five men in Dubai (stock photo pictured)

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