Australia Sydney identity sues John Ibrahim for defamation over memoir

10:52  31 july  2018
10:52  31 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Sydney identity and garbage collector Tom Domican SUES King of the Cross John Ibrahim for John Ibrahim 's memoir Last King of the Cross was published on July 25 last year The 75-year-old is suing Ibrahim and publisher Pan Macmillan for defamation A colourful Sydney identity is suing John Ibrahim over the nightclub baron's portrayal of him

A colourful Sydney identity is suing John Ibrahim over the nightclub baron’s portrayal of him in his best-selling memoir Last King of the Cross. Defamation action needs to be launched within 12 months of a statement being published. The law suit comes a fortnight after Last King of the Cross

Sydney nightclub owner John Ibrahim.© Fairfax Media Sydney nightclub owner John Ibrahim.

Colourful identity Tom Domican is suing Sydney nightclub owner John Ibrahim over his best-selling memoir Last King of the Cross, claiming he has been wrongly painted as a hitman, violent criminal and a drug dealer.

Mr Domican, a controversial figure who has had an attempted murder conviction quashed and was found not guilty on murder and conspiracy-to-murder charges, has lodged Federal Court proceedings against Mr Ibrahim and publisher Pan Macmillan Australia, alleging the book is defamatory.

Published in 2017, Mr Ibrahim’s autobiography, tracking his family’s departure from Lebanon and his ascent through Kings Cross, has since been nominated for a Ned Kelly Award, Australia’s oldest award for crime writing.

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Tom Domican, a former garbage collector and construction industry figure, is suing nightclub baron John Ibrahim over his portrayal in Ibrahim 's best-selling book Last King of the Cross.

But Mr Domican, who once challenged then-workplace relations minister Tony Abbott to a boxing match after being labelled a “standover man”, wants the memoir pulped.

John Ibrahim's book.© Supplied John Ibrahim's book. In a statement of claim filed to the court last month, Mr Domican claims the book implies he “was willing to be hired to kill people other than the Ibrahims”, “is a violent criminal who took part in gang wars”, conducted illegal gambling and was involved in the supply of heroin.

Mr Domican alleges the whole book carries the imputations against him, but more specifically two pages from chapter 31.

“In consequence of the Respondents' publication of the Book and of the imputations, the Applicant has been greatly injured in his credit, and reputation; and has been brought into public scandal, odium and contempt,” he claims in court documents.

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Osborne, in that the court found the prevention of riots to take priority over the protection of speech. Uniform defamation law reform came into effect in Australia on 1 January 2006,[181] severely restricting the right of corporations to sue for defamation (see e.g. Defamation Act 2005 (Vic), s 9)

A colourful Sydney identity is suing John Ibrahim over the nightclub baron’s portrayal of him in his best-selling memoir Last King of the Cross. Defamation action needs to be launched within 12 months of a statement being published. The law suit comes a fortnight after Last King of the Cross

Mr Domican alleges Mr Ibrahim and Pan Macmillan failed to inform him of the material concerning him before publishing the book, nor did they check the accuracy of the claims against him.

He is claiming damages and is demanding the book be recalled and destroyed, that any future reprints of the book exclude chapter 31 and any references to him.

A representative for Pan Macmillan declined to comment on Mr Domican’s claims.

Tom Domican, pictured here in 2005.© Peter Morris Tom Domican, pictured here in 2005. Mr Domican, a former ALP official and building industry figure, has previously been reported to be writing his own tell-all book.

Irish-born Mr Domican was previously jailed for the attempted murder of Melbourne hitman Christopher Flannery but his conviction was quashed after appealing to the High Court.

Mr Ibrahim was accused of being the “lifeblood” of the Kings Cross drugs trade in the Wood royal commission in 1996, which he denied.

On Tuesday, police searched his Dover Heights mansion and served him with a firearms prohibition order.

Mr Ibrahim's lawyer, Abbas Soukie, issued a statement later saying his client "vigorously challenged" the order.

He hasn’t been charged with any offences.

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