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John Ibrahim’s younger brother Michael pleads guilty to running global drug and tobacco syndicate

Brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim has pleaded guilty to running a massive international drug and tobacco syndicate

  • King Cross identity John Ibrahim’s younger brother Michael appeared in court
  • The 40-year-old man pleaded guilty to running global drug, tobacco syndicate
  • He appeared via video link in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Tuesday morning 

The younger brother of Sydney Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim has admitted he ran a massive international drug and tobacco syndicate.

Michael Ibrahim, 40, pleaded guilty at Central Local Court on Tuesday to being behind an organised crime racket.

The lesser-known brother of the former nightclub baron appeared in an orange jumpsuit via video link when he entered a series of pleas, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Michael Ibrahim (pictured), 40, pleaded guilty at Central Local Court on Tuesday to being behind an organised crime racket

Michael Ibrahim (left rear), is the brother of Sydney Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim (right)

Michael Ibrahim (left rear), is the brother of Sydney Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim (right)

He was one of 20 men arrested in a series of police raids in Sydney and Dubai last year, and was charged with a plot to import 900,000 packets of cigarettes, 1.9 tonnes of the drug ecstasy and 15kg of meth. 

Last week, three Sydney men pleaded guilty to taking part in this international tobacco smuggling ring which allegedly also involved another of Michael Ibrahim’s brothers, Fadi.

Both Fadi and Michael were arrested in Dubai in 2017 and extradited back to Australia. 

John Ibrahim, the more well-known brother, is not facing any charges and there is no suggestion he has committed any offences.

Ahmad Klink, 28, Fares Derbas, 31, and 45-year-old Talal Derbas admitted to Central Local Court they were part of a syndicate operating between November 2016 and August 2017.

The lesser-known brother of the former nightclub baron appeared in an orange jump suit via video link when he entered a series of pleas (he is pictured being extradited from Dubai in September 2017)

The lesser-known brother of the former nightclub baron appeared in an orange jump suit via video link when he entered a series of pleas (he is pictured being extradited from Dubai in September 2017)

Magistrate Beverley Schurr committed all three for sentence in the District Court and their cases will be mentioned in late January. 

Michael Ibrahim’s case is due to be mentioned in the New South Wales District Court in January. 

John Ibrahim’s 28-year-old son Daniel Taylor was last week cleared of involvement in this illegal tobacco smuggling ring, which allegedly involved two of his uncles.

He had been accused of knowing there was $2.25 million cash in a bag in the boot of the car that he travelled in to meet his uncle, Michael Ibrahim, in Rozelle in July 2017, before it was allegedly handed over to an undercover police.

Fadi Ibrahim (left) was also arrested in Dubai last year along with his brother Michael

Fadi Ibrahim (left) was also arrested in Dubai last year along with his brother Michael

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