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Jailed Salim Mehajer 'has a $250,000 BOUNTY on his head and has been placed in solitary confinement in prison to protect him from vengeful underworld figures'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 22/06/2018 Brooke Rolfe

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Salim Mehajer will be kept in protective custody to avoid bounty hunters taking advantage of a $250,000 price tag on his head, according to 'intelligence'.

The bounty over the disgraced businessman's alleged debts is the reason he will likely spend his 21-month sentence for electoral fraud in segregation at Sydney's Silverwater Prison, Seven News reported.

He was jailed on Friday sentenced a maximum of 21 months in jail for 77 cases of electoral fraud relating to the 2012 local NSW Government election.

a man wearing glasses: Salim Mehajer (pictured) will be kept in protective custody and reportedly has a $250,000 price tag on his head © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Salim Mehajer (pictured) will be kept in protective custody and reportedly has a $250,000 price tag on his head

The court heard Mehajer and his family bombarded the Australian Electoral Commission with false applications to vote for Mehajer in the space of an hour.

After staff reported the suspicious behaviour, in July 2012, more than 50 votes were found to be forgeries with false addresses.  

The result helped Mehajer win public office and become deputy mayor - a move Magistrate Beverley Schurr said 'strikes at the heart of the democratic system and the integrity of the electoral roll'.

The 32-year-old, whose debts include an $8.6 million tax bill, applied in the Federal Court to have his two-day hearing delayed before his sentencing on Friday.

a person standing in front of a building: He spent his first night at Silverwater (pictured) on Friday sentenced a maximum of 21 months in jail for 77 cases of electoral fraud relating to the 2012 local NSW Government election © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He spent his first night at Silverwater (pictured) on Friday sentenced a maximum of 21 months in jail for 77 cases of electoral fraud relating to the 2012 local NSW Government election

Justice Michael Lee refused his application on Thursday, saying 'This isn't a suburban golf club where fixtures are changed at the whim of participants'.

Mehajer was released from prison on bail early April after being charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly staging a car crash to avoid court in October 2017.

The former Auburn deputy mayor was declared bankrupt by a Federal Circuit Court judge in March while in jail. 

He announced to Instagram he'd lodged an application to 'set aside this joke' claiming 'only God can bankrupt me'.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: The 32-year-old, whose debts include an $8.6 million tax bill, applied in the Federal Court to have his two-day hearing delayed before his sentencing on Friday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 32-year-old, whose debts include an $8.6 million tax bill, applied in the Federal Court to have his two-day hearing delayed before his sentencing on Friday

Justice Lee in April refused to grant Mehajer's application for an interim order to 'stay' the bankruptcy.

Mehajer wanted to apply for a new builder's licence, continue the construction of five multi-million dollar projects and obtain offshore finance requiring his personal guarantees.

At the time, Justice Lee agreed it may be 'an apposite description' to say Mehajer's plans were 'panglossian' meaning 'extreme optimism in circumstances of unrelieved adversity'.

Mehajer's previous lawyer, David Hume, earlier gave the judge a brief rundown on the embattled businessman's numerous and 'perhaps notorious' civil and criminal court proceedings, saying he'd been a party in more than 10 cases.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mehajer (pictured) was released from prison on bail early April after being charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly staging a car crash to avoid court in 2017 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mehajer (pictured) was released from prison on bail early April after being charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly staging a car crash to avoid court in 2017

It's believed the criminal's relationship with model Melissa Tysoe ended recently after the blonde removed all traces of Mehajer from her Instagram account.

The plethora of loved-up couple photos were removed, and she unfollowed her former flame's account, despite her being supportive during his prison stint.

Mehajers exile from Ms Tysoe's social media account came two months after they were reunited on his release from jail. 

The couple regularly shared videos of themselves spending time together in luxury cars kissing and posing in the bedroom, and even spoke of getting married.

a person talking on a cell phone: It's believed the criminal's relationship with model Melissa Tysoe ended recently after the blonde removed all traces of Mehajer from her Instagram account (pictured together) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's believed the criminal's relationship with model Melissa Tysoe ended recently after the blonde removed all traces of Mehajer from her Instagram account (pictured together)

Ms Tysoe revealed in a radio interview earlier this year the couple 'haven't had sex' because they were not 'religiously married'.

She previously said the pair were planning to have an Islamic marriage despite her Catholic faith, but were waiting for Mehajer's court cases to be resolved.      

Downing Centre Local Court heard Friday morning Mehajer may be released in 11 months on a good behaviour bond, but could spend up to 21 months behind bars. 

Mehajer made headlines in 2015 for his extravagant $35 million wedding to Aysha Learmonth which illegally shut down the street in front of his Lidcombe home.  

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