Drug syndicate chief Emin Yavuz appeals over the severity of the MDMA import ruling | Canberra Times

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A prisoner who led a drug syndicate behind bars complains that his latest sentence is too harsh because the man who served as the “central link” to the outside world was treated more leniently. Emin Oguz Yavuz was already serving time in Canberra’s prison when he headed a company responsible for importing more than 1.7kg of pure MDMA into Australia in 2017. When Youssef Jabal and Peter Poulakis traveled to the Alexander Maconochie Center to visit him in September of that year, he told Jabal, a builder who was a shareholder in a real estate development, about getting back the $ 50,000 he had invested in the project. Yavuz gave Poulakis the task of collecting this money from Jabal and discussed with him how they could be used to buy Bitcoin. Poulakis, a cafe owner in Canberra, eventually converted the money into cryptocurrency and ordered the drug party via the Internet from someone known only as “Sock”. At least some of the $ 50,000 was used to fund the imports, but how much was actually paid for MDMA is still unknown. What is known is that in November 2017, Yavuz was regularly on the jail phone of Jabal, Poulakis and Bilal Omari to discuss issues related to the broadcast. The drugs, addressed to a fictional person named Michael Foster at the Australian National University, were to be collected by Omari, who was working there at the time. But the plan came to fruition when the Australian border force intercepted the shipment, which was mistakenly labeled as containing a “camping pans set” when it arrived at a UK customs post later that month. Yavuz eventually pleaded guilty to the charge of jointly importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled substance. In September 2020, Judge Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson sentenced him in the ACT’s Supreme Court to eight and a half years in prison. The judge made this expression in part at the same time as the man’s previous verdict and backdated it to begin in August 2018. When Yavuz was unhappy with the severity of the sentence, Yavuz appeared in the ACT Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge it. His lawyer, Andrew Norrie, admitted that Yavuz had been at the top of the drug syndicate and that the man’s crime was exacerbated by him committing it while in custody. But Mr Norrie argued that the sentence was “manifestly excessive” compared to the sentence imposed on Poulakis, who was sentenced to five years and nine months for both the same import and another consignment containing more than 450 g of MDMA. Sir. Norrie told the court that with his client’s role limited to giving directions behind bars, Poulakis was the “central connection” that made things happen outside the confines of Canberra’s prison. “Without the efforts of Mr Poulakis, the syndicate would not have functioned,” he said. While Mr Norrie argued that the gap between the couple’s convictions was too great, lawyer Chris O’Donnell SC, for the Commonwealth’s Director of Public Prosecutions, said Judge Loukas-Karlsson had based the sentences on “appropriate” results. MORE NEWS ABOUT JUSTICE AND CRIMINALITY: He said it had been open to the judge, as she did, that Yavuz had “a somewhat larger role in directional behavior” than Poulakis, despite the latter also playing a leading role in the illegal Corporation . Sir. O’Donnell said that this distinction, combined with the aggravating factor that Yavuz had insulted while in custody, justified that he received a more severe punishment than Poulakis. Judge Michael Elkaim and Judge David Mossop heard the appeal arguments in person on Thursday, with Judge Katrina Banks-Smith agreeing via audio-visual link from Perth. The trio reserved their decision. “We have to think about it,” Judge Elkaim told Yavuz, who is not currently eligible for parole until September 2023. Our journalists are working hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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