Coffee date with corruption
SITTING at a cafe in Sydney’s south, Abbas Jomaa was allegedly waving irrefutable proof in the face of his coffee date.
The piece of paper in his hand allegedly proved his corrupt contact in the Australian Border Force was senior enough to ensure that millions of dollars worth of drug and tobacco shipments could be smuggled into Sydney without heat from law enforcement.
It was 11am on March 24 at Mezes Espresso Cafe at Brighton Le Sands, according to documents tendered to Central Local Court.
The man sitting with Jomaa was the person allegedly tasked with going overseas to buy and send the shipments containing around 50 million illegal cigarettes and 200kg of MDMA. He is now the star witness against Jomaa and his alleged crime syndicate.
Police will allege Jomaa sourced the information from Craig Richard Eakin, a senior ABF officer who has been charged for allegedly taking a bribe after accessing the data.