Secret plans to extradite John Ibrahim’s brothers Fadi and Michael, as well as four of their associates, from Dubai to Australia on private jets will reportedly cost the taxpayer $1 million.
The alleged underworld figures will reportedly be flown out of Dubai on several Global Express jets, with the most dangerous of them flown separately because it was considered the ‘safest’ option.
Each Global Express jet would cost $250,000 to charter, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Alongside the prisoners, each jet would ferry a nurse, doctor, four police officers and a government official, from Dubai to Sydney.
Fadi Ibrahim (pictured with his wife Shayda) remains behind bars in a Dubai prison
A representative from the police told the publication there were various options on the table but private jets were one of them.
The police source said it was possible one or some of the men were in danger and the private jets ‘would be the safest option all around – for them, passengers and police officers’.
‘It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that there are contracts on their heads, although there is not specific intelligence.’
The ‘Dubai Six’ have been locked behind bars since their August 8 arrests, when Dubai officers together with Australian Federal Police and NSW officers targeted an alleged crime ring spanning across Sydney, the Netherlands and Dubai.
The ‘Dubai Six’ includes Fadi and Michael Ibrahim, Mustapha Dib, Stephen Elmir, Hakan Arif and Koder Jomaa.
While no date has been set for their extradition, the million-dollar plan was reportedly already in the works.
John Ibrahim (left) is seen with brother Michael (second from right), son Daniel (right), and friend Margaret Staltaro
The ‘Dubai Six’ includes Fadi and Michael Ibrahim, Mustapha Dib, Stephen Elmir, Hakan Arif and Koder Jomaa (pictured)
Mustapha Dib remains behind bars in Dubai
Meanwhile, a senior police officer revealed some of the ‘Dubai Six’ planned to escape possible jail by applying for dual citizenship.
Five of the six men locked up in Dubai are of Lebanese descent and reportedly planned to become Lebanese citizens in a bid to escape extradition to Australia – where they could face life in prison.
Because there is no extradition treaty in place between Australia and Lebanon, the men would not be forced back to Australia.
Migration Institute of Australia’s George Lombard said the dual citizenship request was a logical move for the men if they wanted to escape the Australian judicial system.
‘Theoretically they could be declared Lebanese citizens, kicked out of Dubai and live anywhere in the world where there is no extradition agreement with Australia or Lebanon to bring them back home,’ he said.
John Ibrahim is not accused of any committing any offence.
Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, who was not accused of any involvement in the alleged drug ring, was pictured at his Sydney property on Wednesday reading his own book
Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim pictured relaxing by the ocean at his Sydney home while reading his own book Last King of the X
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