Fadi Ibrahim failed to front court for a dispute with a former brothel madam over a multimillion-dollar Sydney home because he is stuck in a Dubai prison cell.
Lawyer Michael Bennett said on Tuesday his client, the brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, could not appear in the NSW Supreme Court because he was ‘indisposed in a very public way’.
Registrar Leonie Walton then looked at the case file and said she was aware of the Ibrahim name, according to AAP.
John Ibrahim’s brother Fadi could not appear in court on Tuesday because he is ‘indisposed’
Fadi Ibrahim’s lawyers say this Yowie Bay home in Sydney’s south is worth up to $4.2m
The home at Yowie Bay, in Sydney’s south, which is the subject of a NSW Supreme Court case
Both Fadi and his brother Michael were arrested in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month when police smashed what they said was an international drug smuggling syndicate.
Fadi was already in a legal dispute with former brothel madam Jamelie Lahood over a five-bedroom waterfront mansion at Yowie Bay in Sydney’s south.
He says Ms Lahood owes him $2.9 million in loans secured in part by a caveat on the property, which she bought in November 2011 for $3 million and entered a contract to sell in April this year for just $2.8 million.
Ibrahim’s barrister Craig Wilson has previously told the court the property, with views over Port Hacking River, was worth between $3.8 million and $4.2 million.
The pool at the Yowie Bay home in Sydney’s south that is the subject of a Supreme Court case
Nightclub identity John Ibrahim’s brother Fadi leaving Sydney’s Central Local Court in 2010
Former brothel madam Jamelie Lahood bought this Yowie Bay home in November 2011 for $3m
Westpac has also commenced proceedings against Ms Lahood, who took out a $2.2 million mortgage on the property.
The court heard on Tuesday Westpac had decided to repossess the home.
Ms Lahood was once engaged to prolific gambler Eddie Heyson, with whom she ran the huge Stiletto brothel at inner-city Camperdown on Parramatta Road.
At a hearing in June, Justice Michael Slattery agreed to extend Ibrahim’s caveat on the Yowie Bay property if he paid an outstanding stamp duty bill.
Last year the Australian Taxation Office reportedly pursued Ms Lahood for $16 million in unpaid income tax.
Jamelie Lahood ran the brothel Stiletto in Sydney with her then fiance Eddie Hayson (pictured)
Fadi Ibrahim’s nightclub baron brother John, who has not been charged with any offence
The ATO later dropped the case but retained a caveat on several of her properties, including the Yowie Bay mansion.
Mr Wilson has previously told the court Ibrahim and others placed an injunction on the sale of the property because they wanted to maximize the sale price.
Ms Lahood did not appear in court. The matter was adjourned to September 19.
Fadi and Michael Ibrahim were arrested over an alleged drug syndicate planning to import drugs worth $810 million.
Their brother John, whose home at Dover Heights in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was also raided, has not been charged with any offence.
The Stiletto brothel in inner-city Sydney which Jamelie Lahood once ran with Eddie Hayson
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