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Trio deny Iraqi bribe plot

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016

The father of notorious ISIS recruit Mohamed Elomar and two other men have denied plotting to send a million-dollar bribe to Iraq.

The late terrorist's father Mamdouh Elomar, 62, his brother Ibrahim Elomar, 60, and businessman John Jousif, 46, pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

They are charged with conspiring between July 7, 2014 and February 20, 2015 to provide a benefit to another person with the intent to influence a foreign public official in order to obtain business.

They are accused of plotting to pay a $1 million bribe to Iraqi officials to seal a preferred partner arrangement between Sydney-based construction firm Lifese and an Iraqi government-linked company.

Lawyer Greg Scragg, for Jousif, said "significant legal issues" would arise in the trial, being one of the first of this particular type under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Justice Peter Johnson set the trial down for July 2017, also listing it for mention in the Supreme Court on September 2.

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