Eddie Obeid, Moses Obeid claim ‘exceptional circumstances’ warrant release from jail

Kalyk stated that much of the evidence and a conspiracy were drawn after that date. Until the Obeids knew about coal reserves, there could not have been a conspiracy to exploit them. This was such an argument against conviction that it would have been a miscarriage to allow the men in jail to be tried before they could be determined.

Eddie Obeid’s barrister, Stephen Odgers SC, said the former MP had an eye condition that required monthly injections, but only one of these had been administered since he went into custody. One time he cancelled because he was not able to travel to Sydney. Another occasion, he cancelled the appointment because he didn’t want to wear handcuffs.

“There were subsequently delays while Corrective Services decided whether he should be required to wear handcuffs,” Odgers said.

Recenty, the department cancelled the appointment because of staff shortages.

Elizabeth Nicholson representing the Crown argued that the bail application was based on arguable grounds and did not constitute exceptional circumstances. According to her, the claustrophobia Moses Obeid claimed in written submissions was not unusual in the prison population. Eddie Obeid had also cancelled two of his own appointments.

The judges reserved their verdict.

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