Nine unaware of past linked to Block contestant » Olite

Nine has denied any knowledge of a Block contestant’s links to an accused drug kingpin, Mostafa Baluch.

The Daily Telegraph reports Omar Slaimankhel, who is renovating a Tree Change home with friend Abu Malik (aka Oz),  was present when Mostafa allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet and fled police last October.

Police indicated he was simply a “mate” of Baluch’s, and there is no suggestion he was involved in a drug importation over which the restaurateur was charged.

Omar was never charged by NSW Police and there is no suggestion he was involved in any crime, knew Baluch would cut off a bracelet and go on the run, or that he saw him again.

Nine also claims it was unaware of the matter prior to casting for its renovation show.

“All contestants undergo rigorous background checks before appearing on the show and we have no knowledge of this alleged incident,” a Nine spokesman said.

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