Former top cop in secret roo shoot
FORMER Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Ramzi Jabbour allegedly used his work gun to go kangaroo shooting at a secretive sniper training facility, and bought cartons of beer to thank the officials who arranged the outing, a court has heard.
Mr Jabbour fronted the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday for the first day of a suspected three-day hearing.
He is also accused of firing off a series of questions to an AFP lawyer, falsely claiming he needed the answers for his own studies. The information was, in fact, for a relative’s legal studies assignment, prosecutors allege.
Mr Jabbour (inset) has previously pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm and not guilty to exercising influence as a public official with a dishonest intent.
Many crucial details of the case yesterday were suppressed by ACT Magistrate James Stewart, including the name of a potential police witness, and details of the secretive sniper training “farm”.
Barrister David Jordan, prosecuting, said it was alleged Mr Jabbour abused his power as deputy commissioner to request legal information from AFP lawyer Tom McBride.
The firearm charge involves an allegation Mr Jabbour was on leave when he took his AFP-issued Glock, fitted with a sniper-style laser sight, away from a firing range while on recreational leave.
He is also accused of arranging for a shooting trip to the secretive “farm”, where he and his relatives used police guns to shoot kangaroos.
The hearing continues.