Salim arrested following car crash
CONTROVERSIAL property developer Salim Mehajer has been arrested in relation to a car crash he was involved in when on the way to court.
NSW Police said that at 7am on Tuesday officers arrested three men, aged 28, 30 and 31 and a 31-year-old woman.
Mehajer, a former deputy mayor of Auburn council, will be charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud.
Police said the arrests are in relation to a collision between a Mercedes AMG and a Mitsubishi Outlander on 18 October 2017 at the intersection of Nicholas and Delhi streets in Lidcombe, western Sydney.
Mehajer, who was driving the Mercedes, was freed by Fire and Rescue NSW officers and loaded into an ambulance in a neck brace.
The incident occurred when he was on his way to Sydney's Downing Centre local court to face a charge of assaulting a taxi driver.
But instead, he ended up being ferried to Westmead Hospital emergency after his $100,000-plus Mercedes and another car collided at an intersection not far from his then home in Lidcombe. No one else was injured
His legal team was forced to explain why his client wouldn't be attending court that day.
At the time, one of his lawyers Mahmoud Abbas insisted to reporters the incident was indeed an accident. "It is just ridiculous if you are insinuating anything," he said.
However, detectives from Flemington Local Area Command commenced an investigation into the collision under Strike Force Reppan.
"Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Reppan investigators arrested a 31-year-old man at a home at Vaucluse, and a 28-year-old man at a home at Lidcombe, just before 7am today," police said in a statement.
Mehajer, 31, currently lives in the swanky harbourside neighbourhood of Vaucluse after renting out his home in Lidcombe.
"The men were taken to Waverley and Bankstown Police stations respectively, where they will be charged with pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud," the statement continued.
Police said the 30-year-old and 31-year-old woman arrested in Lidcombe were taken to Auburn Police Station and were expected to be charged with conspiracy to cheat and defraud. In November, police raided Mehajer's Lidcombe home, as he was moving out, and removed several items including a computer in relation to the crash.