Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer. Photo: Nick Moir Salim Mehajer and his new wife Aysha at their wedding. Photo: supplied
Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer is facing eight investigations or court actions. Photo: Wolter Peeters
Mehajer sued over lavish staircaseMehajer ‘right hand man’ admits forging documentsPools, cash payments and a big tax bill
One of Salim Mehajer’s strongest supporters, Auburn’s mayor Le Lam, was more than 7000 kilometres from Sydney this week.
But not even that distance could provide an escape from the reflective glare of her controversial deputy – a man whose lurid excesses have provided both sensational news fodder, and exposed the troubling relationship between local councillors and property developers.
Cr Lam, on an official “goodwill” visit to China, is now facing questions about a connection that has emerged back home in a Sydney courtroom.
Her brother-in-law and real estate business partner, former Auburn councillor Minh Hua, is also a business partner of Cr Mehajer, one of the biggest developers in the area.
On Monday, lawyers for the two men appeared in the Supreme Court as a liquidator appointed to their company, SM Project Developments, seeks to claw back $700,000.
The spectre of an even bigger $837,000 tax debt was hanging over SM Project Developments in late 2013 when Auburn council agreed to refund half of a $650,000 holding deposit a separate company, owned solely by Cr Mehajer, had paid for the purchase of a municipal car park at 13 John Street in Lidcombe.
Cr Mehajer did not participate in the decision but Cr Lam stayed in the chamber and voted it through.
Labor councillor George Campbell criticised the refund at the time as “effectively a loan”.
“I think it’s extremely important that council not provide a benefit to a councillor that would not be provided to anybody else,” he told Fairfax Media at the time. Salim Mehajer’s legal battlesCr Mehajer is involved in legal disputes in the Local, District and Supreme courts. (click arrows to reveal details) LIQUIDATOR ACTION
The liquidator of Cr Mehajer’s company SM Project Developments is suing Mehajer and business partner Minh Hua for almost $700,000. CAR CRASH
Mother Nhu Hua and daughter-in-law Tuyet La are suing Cr Mehajer’s insurer NRMA for compen-sation after they were injured when he lost control of his Ferrari. He will give evidence. ALLEGED THREATS
Cr Mehajer is accused of threatening Bruce Herat, the father of Lindt Cafe siege survivor Joel. He will face charges of stalking and intimidation later this year. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.