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.
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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