| 22.06,09. 11:39 PM |
Ibrahim shooting: brother pledges 'police guard money' to charity
June 22, 2009 - 5:12PM
Kings Cross night club baron John Ibrahim has offered to donate the equivalent cost of providing police protection for his wounded brother in hospital to charity.
An angry Mr Ibrahim said today he was upset at a Sydney newspaper report which said NSW taxpayers so far have had to foot a $46,000 bill for a police guard on his 35-year-old brother Fadi.
Fadi is recovering in the Royal North Shore Hospital after being shot five times by a gunman outside his Castle Cove home 17 days ago.
Mr Ibrahim, 38, said in a statement issued through his solicitor Stephen Alexander that he would not allow State tax payers to foot the bill to protect his brother - estimated at $120 and hour.
"Mr John Ibrahim wishes to put on the record that the NSW tax payers will not be at a loss as he will donate the amount that it takes the NSW police to protect his brother to the Royal North Shore Hospital intensive care unit," Mr Alexander said.
He said Fadi, who was transferred from the ICU late last week to a public ward after coming out of an induced coma after four operations to five gun shot wounds to his right arm, torso and abdomen, was "still doing it tough".
However, Mr Alexander said: "Mr Fadi wishes to dispel any speculation about his current medical condition.
"He has advised that the operations undertaken were successful and it is not expected that he will be losing his right arm or will have to use a colostomy bag."
Mr Alexander said that, against the wishes of the Ibrahim family, police had placed a round-the-clock guard on his brother following his admission to the hospital.
The gunman, who is still being hunted by a police strike force, struck shortly after Fadi parked his black Lamborghini outside his Neerim Road mansion at 11.30pm on Friday June 6.
His girlfriend Shayda Bastani who was sitting in the passenger seat received a single gunshot wound to her right leg.