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Wyndham councillor Intaj Khan withdraws County Court appeal

Wyndham City councillor Intaj Khan withdrew his appeal against convictions and fines during a hearing in the County Court on 14 September.

Cr Khan had lodged the appeal following his conviction on 16 July at Sunshine Magistrates Court on eight charges related to interest return disclosures. Magistrate Therese McCarthy had found the charges proven and fined Cr Khan a total of $26,000, with $15,000 in legal costs.

These charges are not disqualifying offences under the Local Government Act 1989 and Cr Khan remains entitled to serve as a councillor.

During the County Court appeal, Judge Sarah Dawes questioned how Cr Khan’s offending could be characterised as at the lowest end, “when it’s persistent offending”.

Judge Dawes also reminded Cr Khan’s legal representative that he was facing multiple charges and had received a prior warning from the Inspectorate over a failure to submit an ordinary return. Cr Khan chose to withdraw his appeal.

 “For a man with a tertiary education, his blatant disregard for his obligations to the community is quite astounding”, Judge Dawes said in conclusion.

Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf said: “The court has sent a strong message about the importance of transparency and integrity expected by the community of their elected councillors.”


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