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The wife of Sydney’s most colourful deputy mayor is accustomed to appearing in a supporting role outside court. Now Aysha Mehajer is fronting her own legal battle.
The 29-year-old former beautician will pit herself against the NSW Police when she challenges a defective vehicle notice issued when she was behind the wheel of a “brand new” $250,000 Mercedes G63.
Ms Mehajer was pulled over in October last year and “told to walk home” after police claimed the car’s side exhaust did not comply with Australian standards, her husband and Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer said at the time.
In a stand for all Australians with side exhausts on their luxury rides, Ms Mehajer will seek to have the traffic infringement notice overturned in Burwood Local Court.
Driving vehicles in contravention of the prohibitions or conditions of a defect notice carries a fine of up to $2200.
“The Mercedes matter will be challenged as the vehicle is 100% compliment [sic] and defected unjustly,” Cr Mehajer told Fairfax Media.
He was confident the couple would emerge the victors in the dispute.
The matter will be mentioned in court on February 9.
Last year, Cr Mehajer posted a letter on Facebook from Mercedes-Benz Australia, which offered support for the couple’s claims that the exhaust complies with Australian standards.
“After they wasted three weeks of our lives and trying to tarnish our names; The vehicle was indeed legal,” he wrote.
It is far from the only legal battle occupying the Mehajers’ minds in the new year. A string of civil and criminal cases are listed for preliminary hearings in the coming weeks.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed in December it was pursuing Cr Mehajer and seven of his associates for electoral fraud offences. If convicted, he faces a potential jail term of up to 10 years.
Allegations that Cr Mehajer forged electoral documents to rig the 2012 ballot that saw him elected to Auburn Council were brushed off last year by the deputy mayor as “a political game targeting Auburn council as a whole”.
The fraud matter is listed for a preliminary hearing in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on February 2.