A former client of St Paul’s Prevention Rehabilitation, Abdul Elabed, was today convicted at the County Court of Victoria following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
Abdul Elabed pleaded guilty to trafficking a drug of dependence and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Mr Elabed was sentenced to 4.5 months imprisonment for attempting to pervert the course of justice and convicted and fined $250 for trafficking a drug of dependence.
Mr Elabed was prosecuted following Operation Murano, IBAC’s investigation into allegations that an employee of St Paul’s Prevention Rehabilitation – a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity based in Strathmore – deliberately provided false information to the court in bail applications and sentencing hearings.
Operation Murano has resulted in 20 people being charged with a range of offences including attempting to pervert the course of justice, trafficking in a drug of dependence and fraud offences.