Wild life of ‘multi-millionaire’ who denies hosting chem sex parties at his flat
A millionaire playboy has denied using chem-sex drugs in days-long "hedonistic" orgies at his city centre apartment.
Aram Sheibani, 40, told jurors in Manchester: "I am a heavy drug user but definitely not a drug dealer."
His trial is over a string of alleged offences including drug dealing, tax evasion and illicit property buying.
The court heard that he travelled around the world, had high value art and expensive cars as well as property worth almost £5m.
The wealthy Iranian-born playboy admitted using drugs and living a "hedonistic" partying lifestyle, Manchester Evening News reports.
He said he used cocaine, cannabis, Viagra and GHB in 'party packs' but denied being involved in drugs supply at his Trafford home.
Sheibani told Manchester Crown Court: "I sometimes take drugs and I sometimes have sex, I don't necessarily have to have them at the same time.
"I don't have sex parties, I normally have sex with one other person."
Cross-examining, prosecutor Nicholas Clarke said: "You have large amounts of powdered cocaine in your home, do you not share these with other people?"
Sheibani answered: "I do not share them with other people, no."
Mr Clarke said: "You party for days on end don't you?" to which the defendant replied: "Yes."
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He added: "I buy drugs in block so I have good quality stuff for when I want to take it, not just to give away."
The court heard how Sheibani often paid for friends and girlfriends flights and hotels, lunches, drinks and cosmetic surgery and would let girlfriends spend money on his credit cards.
Asked if he liked to flaunt his wealth, Sheibani answered: "I am materialistic."
Prosecutors claim he had "unexplained wealth", with over £1 million in cash being seized.
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But giving evidence, Sheibani said his family were "extremely wealthy" in Iran before they moved to the UK in the late 1980s.
He has said his money came from legitimate sources, including his family, as well as through property development and trading in watches, jewellery and currency.
He admitted he may exaggerate at times but denied telling lies, saying: "I don't deal in lies, I deal in bitcoins."
Sheibani told jurors that he owns "ten or eleven properties" as he denied having sex parties at his city centre apartment on Thomas Street.
Sheibani, of Delamer Road, Bowdon, denies dishonestly obtaining money transfers; fraud; forgery; converting criminal property; possession of criminal property; conspiracy to supply controlled drugs (cocaine) and perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.
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