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Adelaide bribery accused face court


An Adelaide public servant accused of bribery offences and a 25-year-old man accused of bribing him have faced court for the first time.

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Public officer Michael Charles Asker, 64, of Modbury Heights, is facing two counts of accepting a bribe from Northgate man Moujtaba Joubouri, 25.

The men were arrested in early December last year, following an investigation by the office of Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander.

In a hearing before Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal this morning, the prosecutor said it would be months before the DPP could have all the evidence prepared for trial.

The prosecutor said analysis of voice recordings from Joubouri’s phone would take 14 weeks to complete. She said other forensic evidence was also being processed.

But Asker’s defence counsel, Michael Jandy, told the court it would be better to have some of the evidence made public as early as possible “even if it’s drip-fed” rather than waiting for the prosecution to present all of the relevant evidence.

Michael Charles Asker (in sunglasses) is accused of accepting a bribe. Photo: Bension Siebert / InDaily

“Given the nature of the matter, I think disclosure is important,” Hribal agreed, setting a court date in mid-April, at which the DPP will present a preliminary brief of the evidence.

Joubouri and Asker have not yet been asked to enter pleas. Both are on bail.

Asker did not answer questions as he strode out of court soon after the hearing.

Joubouri emerged some time later, running from the Magistrate’s Court – with journalists and camera operators chasing after him – before stepping into the back seat of a waiting car.

Moujtaba Joubouri, accused of bribing public officer, runs from the media following his Adelaide Magistrate’s Court hearing this morning. Photo: Bension Siebert / InDaily

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