John Ibrahim served defamation papers over memoir
Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim has confirmed he has been served with documents in a defamation case after lawyers were forced to tie them to the gates of his home. The lawyers, who are representing controversial Sydney character Tom Domican, argued they had “exhausted” all options to serve the documents in person.
Mr Domican has taken Mr Ibrahim and Pan Macmillan Australia, the publisher of the 48-year-old’s memoir, ‘Last King of the Cross’, to the Federal Court, alleging he was wrongly depicted as a hitman, violent criminal and drug dealer.
In a statement released this afternoon by his lawyer, Abbas Soukie, Mr Ibrahim said he would defend his book.
“Mr Ibrahim was today served with documents filed in the Federal Court of Australia,” he said.
“Mr Ibrahim intends to defend the matter. As the matter is presently before the Court, Mr Ibrahim does not propose to make any further comments at this time”.
Earlier today Mr Domican’s barrister, Sue Chrysanthou, told a Federal Court her client’s solicitor had tried going to Mr Ibrahim’s mansion in Dover Heights, in Sydney’s east, multiple times and had spoken to several lawyers he has engaged in the past.
“Numerous attempts have been made to serve Mr Ibrahim. He is known to be represented (by) solicitor Stephen Alexander. Contact was made with Stephen Alexander, but he said he could not accept service,” Ms Chrysanthou said.
“Another solicitor was contacted, and Your Honour will see the response that service would not be accepted. Further attempts have been made through commercial measures … At Dover Heights, my instructing solicitor also made an attempt. He left his business card.
“Mr Ibrahim is known to be represented by Mr (Abbas) Soukie, but he is instructed not to accept service.”
The “difficulty”, the court heard, was that Mr Ibrahim’s Dover Heights home “is a gated address”.
Justice Michael Wigney asked if there was a postbox in which the documents could be left.