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For­mer top cop in se­cret roo shoot

- CRAIG DUNLOP Crime · White-collar Crime · Incidents · Australian Federal Police · German Federal Police · James IV of Scotland · Tom McBride

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.

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