Monday, January 26, 2009

Amended complaint links Detroit's Ilitch family to that of confessed Iraqi spy Najib Shemami

An amended court complaint filed in Wayne County 3rd Judicial Circuit Court by Lisa Wood, a former girlfriend of Ron Ilitch, now names Jimmy Shemami as a defendant along with Michael Ilitch, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., Ilitch Holdings, Inc., and Richard Fenton, vice president of security for Ilitch.

Among the five counts outlined in Wood's amended complaint are charges the Defendants were involved in breach of contract, negiligence and conspiracy.

Jimmy Shemami is the son of confessed Iraqi spy Najib Shemami. Wood has alleged that Jimmy Shemami was part of the team that provided personal security services to members of the Ilitch family -- namely Ronald Ilitch, the oldest son of Mike & Marian Ilitch -- at the time she was the victim of an attack by Ron Ilitch in August 2004.

Following the August 2004 assault by Ron Ilitch, Troy Police were called to the Ilitch home where Wood had been living as Ilitch's girlfriend. Once police arrived, Wood was taken by ambulance to a local hosptial for medical care and subsequently refused re-entry to the Ilitch home. When officers arrived on the scene they were told Ilitch was not home but never entered the residence.

Ron Ilitch plead "no contest" to two counts of Domestic Violence related Assault & Battery but Wood alleges in this newly amended lawsuit that the Defendants and/or those working at their direction cleaned up crime scene evidence and went through her personal effects at the Ilitch home, secreting and destroying executed contracts and supporting documents that were her personal property.

Jimmy Shemami was reportedly present following the August 2004 assault by Ron Ilitch and in subsquent court proceedings on that matter, the court singled out Shemami and ordered him to avoid having any future contact or communication with Wood.

Najib Shemami was among several Detroit-area men arrested in April 2007 and indicted on charges that he was a spy for the former government of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He's been in custody since and on January 16th, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced Shemami had admitted to spying for Saddam Hussein's government. According to the Detroit News, the elder Shemami is expected to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Detroit on May 11th.

A search of various profiles suggests that Shemami and Ilitch family members are further acquainted. It has been reported to TVT that from time-to-time Shemami family members have been hosted as guests in the owner's suites at Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena which reportedly makes Mrs. Marian Ilitch very uneasy.

Attorneys Irwin Alterman (Kemp Klein Law Firm) and Harold Fried (Fried Saperstein Abbatt PC) are representing the Defendants in this matter. Fried also represented Ron Ilitch in the 2004 Assault & Battery incident.

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