Peter Dutton orders deportation of former bikie boss Sam Ibrahim
Facing deportation: Sam Ibrahim.
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Jailed underworld figure Sam Ibrahim could swap his prison cell for immigration detention after federal government minister Peter Dutton ordered his deportation.
The Immigration Minister cancelled Ibrahim's transitional permanent visa on Thursday when he determined that the former bikie boss failed the government's character test for foreign nationals on the grounds of his criminal record.
He has 28 days to appeal, beyond which time he will become an illegal non-citizen and face immediate deportation or detention.
Ibrahim is on remand in Long Bay after bail was refused on charges of conspiracy to supply firearms and he is due to face a committal hearing on Friday.
His bail application has been listed for October in the Supreme Court.
Ibrahim's barrister Julieanne Levick said he would "certainly" be appealing the order.
"He's been here since he was four," Ms Levick said.
"He's got his entire family here. He's married to an Australian, he's got Australian children, all his extended family are here and he has never travelled outside Australia."
The determination risked his ability to receive a fair trial because if he lost his appeal he would be considered a legal non-citizen and subject to deportation, she said.
"He was suitably shocked but he knows the agenda - to try and stymie his trial."
Ibrahim, a former Parramatta chapter president of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang, was jailed in June last year for at least 16 months for threatening to kill a former business partner and intimidating police officers.
The 49-year-old was born in Lebanon and has never taken out Australian citizenship.
A source close to the family said Ibrahim had not left the country since he arrived in Australia as a child and did not hold a passport.
"Whatever he is, it's Australian made," the source said.
Mr Dutton signed Ibrahim's deportation papers a few days ago, according to a 7 News report which broke the story on Friday night.
Mr Dutton said in a Facebook post he would target bikie gang members involved in crime before he was sworn to office in 2014.
"If you're an illegal bikie, if you're part of an outlaw motorcycle gang involved in organised criminal activity, you've just made it to the top of my list," Mr Dutton wrote.
"Coming to Australia is a privilege and if you're coming here harming Australians, ripping off our welfare system, committing serious crimes, then you're at the top of my list for deporting."
Ibrahim is the older brother of Kings
owner John Ibrahim.