BAIL FOR ACCUSED – Thursday July 18 2013

– An alleged drug trafficker has been granted bail despite a magistrate earlier refusing to release him from custody because of fears of another gangland war.
Nabil Karam, 41, was granted bail in the Supreme Court yesterday on strict conditions, including a $500,000 surety.
He had been in custody since his arrest on drugs and weapons charges last month, with police alleging he is connected to a commercial drug trafficking operation.
Mr Karam was arrested after police say they seized a 3.25kg haul of amphetamines from the home of co-accused Tony Sergi.
The arrest followed a month-long investigation by federal and Victorian police.
In the lead-up to his arrest Mr Karam was allegedly caught carrying a handgun as protection after he was kidnapped and threatened over a an alleged drug debt.
George Georgiou, SC, for Mr Karam said yesterday his client had been living in fear of his life when allegedly caught with the handgun.
He said he had made the wrong choice when deciding how to protect himself against people who were set on enforcing the debt.
Denying him bail last month, magistrate Peter Reardon said Melbourne’s bloody gangland war had been sparked by disputes over drugs.
He said he wouldn’t risk a repeat of the public violence caused by people connected with illegal drug trafficking running around the city with weapons.
But Mr Georgiou said there was no longer a concern about the debt as somebody else had taken it on.
He told the court Mr Karam was a low risk of reoffending and had a stable family, work and accommodation.
He said his client could be imprisoned for up to two years while awaiting trial and could lose his mortgage broking business and severely jeopardise a fledgling investment project.
In granting bail Justice Bernard Bongiorno said police had conceded that the risks of Mr Karam reoffending were not unacceptable and ruled he had shown exceptional circumstances – Shannon Deery


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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