Disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer to spend Christmas in jail

Australian Associated Press
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Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer is back behind bars after his bail was revoked ahead of a sentence hearing for perverting the course of justice.

The 34-year-old was found guilty at a judge-alone trial in October and on Friday faced a detention application in the NSW District Court.

Judge Peter Zahra refused bail for the former Auburn deputy mayor and set his sentence hearing down for February 12.

Salim Mehajer arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney, August 13, 2020.
Salim Mehajer is back behind bars after his bail was revoked ahead of a sentence hearing for perverting the course of justice. Source: AAP

He's been found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice and one of making a false statement on oath amounting to perjury.

He had been accused of offences relating to the staging of a 2017 car crash.

Mehajer came to national attention in 2015 after he illegally shut down a western Sydney street for his extravagant wedding.

Salim Mehajer is seen leaving Downing Centre District Court in Sydney, June 30, 2020
In 2018, Salim Mehajer was jailed after being found guilty of 77 counts of electoral fraud and was released after 11 months. Source: AAP

In 2018, he was jailed after being found guilty of 77 counts of electoral fraud and was released after 11 months.

Earlier that year, the property developer was declared bankrupt with a long line of creditors, including ACE Demolition which was owed $6.2 million.

He was also found to owe $743,000 to BMW and $100,000 to Mercedes Benz for the loss incurred on the sale of a repossessed car.

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