Articles by Ugur Nedim

Criminal Lawyer Charged with Defrauding Legal Aid


A Canberra lawyer is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court this week, accused of dishonestly obtaining $30,000 from a client’s mother at the same time as he was receiving funds from the Legal Aid Commission for the same case. The prosecution alleges that in 2009, lawyer Stephen Stubbs, 63, represented Canberra man Alexander Duffy ...

Support the Government or Get Sued!


GetUp! Has come out in support this week of a 66-year old Sydney grandfather who has been threatened with legal action by the Turnbull Government over his ‘Save Medicare’ website. The Federal Government has threatened to sue Mark Rogers, also known as  ‘Grandpa Mark’, who has built a small, relatively unknown website campaigning against cuts ...

Police Officers Face Court for Lying About Assault at Police Station


Six NSW police officers are facing charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice after an assault on Aboriginal man Cory Barker at Ballina police station in January 2011.  The Incident and Local Court Hearing As previously reported, 23-year old Barker was arrested and transported to the station after allegedly throwing an empty plastic bottle ...

Facing the Music: Extradition to Australia


Extradition is a way of ensuring that those suspected of crimes cannot avoid prosecution by fleeing to another country. As previously reported, the federal government administers and controls the extradition process in Australia. The federal Attorney General or Justice Minister can make an extradition request to another country, and will take a number of factors ...

NSW Police Force Refuses to Fire Criminal Cop


A senior NSW police officer with a criminal record for assault, drink driving and attempting to flee from police (now known as ‘Skye’s law’) – and who was reportedly instrumental in botching a recent drug case and triggering a homophobic investigation into gay colleagues – has been allowed to remain on the police force. Damian Goodfellow ...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Inmates with Mental Health Conditions


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Recent decades have seen a growing recognition of the need to provide support services to those suffering from mental health conditions. Sadly, prison inmates are often left out of the discussion, despite rates of mental illness amongst those behind bars being far higher than in the general population. Mental ...

Convicted Murderer Sues Prison After Being Forced to Speak English


Convicted murderer and Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy has filed proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin from his cell at Goulburn’s ‘Supermax’ prison. Hamzy claims he is being denied religious freedom – which is guaranteed under section 116 of the Australian Constitution – because he is prohibited from ...

Arrests, Illegal Searches and Drug Overdoses at Listen Out Music Festival


By Ugur Nedim Police and sniffer dogs were out in force as more than 25,000 revellers attended Sydney’s Centennial Park for this year’s Listen Out music festival over the weekend. Event organisers and police described the event as a success, with patrons enjoying the sunny weather and eased pressure of a long weekend, while dancing ...

Blogger defends right to political freedom


Petros Khalesirad is a successful businessman, opinionated blogger and former Young Queenslander of the year. Indeed, he regularly comments on the Sydney Criminal Lawyers blog. But it is also claimed that Khalesirad stalked Keppel MP Brittan Lauga. Mr Khalesirad has been charged with unlawfully stalking Brittany Lauga between February 20 and August 27 this year. ...

NSW: Moving Towards a Police State


The last few years have seen several changes to the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act (LEPRA) and other legislation, designed to make it easier for police to arrest and exert control over members of the public. These changes stem from a review into LEPRA spearheaded by Premier Barry O’Farrell, who commissioned former ALP Police ...