NEW PLOY TO CUT JAIL – Wednesday August 15 2012

– Drug lord Tony Mokbel is making yet another desperate bid to dodge his 22-year jail term, this time citing the Australian Constitution.
Mokbel, 46, lodged an appeal yesterday against his conviction on major drug trafficking charges despite the fact he pleaded guilty in return for other counts being dropped and for a more lenient sentence.
It is believed Mokbel’s lawyers will argue in the Court of Appeal that his extradition from Greece in 2008 was unconstitutional and he should never have been brought back to Australia to face justice.
The underworld king was facing seven different trials for drug manufacturing when he struck a plea with prosecutors last year to plead guilty in three cases.
He admitted trafficking large commercial quantities of methamphetmine and MDMA, and inciting and undercover policeman to import a commercial quantity of MDMA. The case was delayed for nearly 18 months while Mokbel launched a number of challenges to the validity of warrants issued to investigators.
Mokbel also tried to change his guilty plea but his bid was refused in the Supreme Court.
It is also believed that Mokbel will lodge an appeal against his 22-year minimum term, arguing his sentence exceeded a range agreed between the prosecution and defence legal counsel.
Mokbel will claim sentencing judge Justice Simon Whelan failed to take into account of his poor health and properly consider how long he spent in custody awaiting the outcome of the proceedings.
Last month, Mokbel’s legal team said the fact that Mokbel faced an extraordinary large number of proceedings after he was extradited was not recognised by Justice Whelan in his sentence – Norrie Ross


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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