Former NSW politician Eddie Obeid's bid for bail has been rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Obeid was sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison for misconduct over business dealings, bringing to a close a long running chapter of political corruption in the state.
He will spend Christmas in jail after his bid for for bail pending appeal against conviction and sentence was rejected.
— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) December 20, 2016
In June a Supreme Court jury found Obeid guilty of misconduct in public office after he lobbied a former NSW Maritime bureaucrat give favourable conditions to Circular Quay leaseholders without revealing he had an interest in the businesses.
Obeid, 73, was sentenced to a minimum three years jail, non-parole, and a maximum of five last Thursday by Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech Jones.
He will be eligible for release in 2019.
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