Mr Zahed’s Australian lawyer, Mohammad Chahine, said the information provided by Australian authorities through Interpol was defamatory and led to his client’s imprisonment in Lebanon.
In September, police sources expressed frustration at Border Force allowing Mr Zahed to travel after legal avenues to keep him in NSW were exhausted.
Mr Zahed was barred from entering Turkey. He then made his way to Lebanon, where police believe he could be seeking to meet with underworld associates.
He was then detained in Beirut following his arrival on September 11. On September 16, he applied for release to a Lebanese court and his local lawyer conveyed “his fears over returning him to Australia”.
The lawyer claimed Mr Zahed planned to contact the United Nations about the matter and was seeking to obtain “Lebanese nationality on the grounds of his origins”.
The document indicates a judge ordered his release from custody that day and requested his deportation be delayed, subject to him forfeiting his passport, regularly reporting to authorities and facing “surveillance as indicated in the warning issued against him”.
The Interpol green notice is different to a red notice, which draws attention to a fugitive who police want arrested.
Police have been ramping up efforts to target Mr Buddle, Hakan Ayik and other offshore kingpins accused of orchestrating massive drug imports.
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