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SLAIN hitman Hamad Assaad had many notorious acquaintances, including one-eyed Osman Haouchar who was detained last year after returning from the Syrian border where he told authorities he had been carrying out “humanitarian work”.

Haouchar, 27, was a pallbearer at Assaad’s funeral last Friday, and joined the mob of weeping mourners at Lakemba mosque.

Haouchar (middle) was a pallbearer at hitman Hamad Assaad’s funeral image

The 29-year-old Hamad Assaad was gunned down by two black-clad shooters outside his Georges Hall home last Tuesday in front of his mother and 12-year-old nephew.

Haouchar, who lost his eye following an accident with a pistol, was released without charge in November after being questioned for more than four hours by Australian Federal Police.

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Osman Haouchar

When police raided his home shortly after his return, Houchar mocked: “I would like to thank the NSW Police Force for once again wasting Australian taxpayers’.

He had left Australia in the aftermath of another shooting — of a member of Sydney’s well-known Ibrahim family.

Hamad Assaad was executed at his Georges Hall home image

Hamad Assaad

Haouchar’s presence at Assaad’s funeral adds to the web of figures that the contract killer associated with.

Assaad, 29, lived a dangerous life, full of violence and was in constant pursuit of money.

While there was a large crowd in attendance for his funeral, in reality few are mourning the loss of the cold-blooded assassin, who insiders say was “arrogant” and who believed he was “untouchable

Assad was a hitman linked to attempts on the lives of a number of crime families image

Assad was a hitman linked to attempts on the lives of a number of crime families.

His is the third life lost since April as the Western Sydney crime world has erupted in a hail of bullets.

Contract killer Assaad is believed to be behind attempts on the lives of some of Sydney’s most notorious underworld figures and their relatives.

Police also believe he was responsible for the murder of kingpin Walid “Wally” Ahmad.

Assaad was shot multiple times and died on the driveway of his Georges Hall home.image

Assaad was shot multiple times and died on the driveway of his Georges Hall home.

Assaad ripped off drug gangs as he tried to show he was different to other criminals — more dangerous, more money-hungry, more bloodthirsty.

But whereas old school kingpin Ahmad knew he was going to die and accepted it, Assaad didn’t think anyone had the “balls” to knock him.

And that was his undoing.

The 29-year-old assaad died in front of his 12-year-old nephew.image

The 29-year-old Assad died in front of his 12-year-old nephew.

Police fear reprisal attacks in the wake of Assaad’s murder image

Police fear reprisal attacks in the wake of Assaad’s murder

Man shot dead in Sydney driveway was targeted




Sydney gangster Raphael Joseph once told the then US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, he would be “tortured or killed” if extradited back to Australia to face a murder charge.

Police are now certain he met that fate after sharing a bowl of noodles with friends at The Star casino in Sydney.

One year after his suspected murder, homicide detectives have revealed they believe a trusted associate lured the underworld figure to his death under the guise of a “meeting”.

Police say their investigation is gaining momentum after a team of detectives unravelled Mr Joseph’s connections to a number of criminal networks.

But his family are struggling to cope not knowing how he died or where he is.

“Just give us closure – at least let us know he is dead. I just want my mum to know he’s really dead,” his brother Rafael said.

“At least so he can have a grave, it’s the very least,” added brother Simon.

Mr Joseph, 38, believed to be a founding member of Assyrian gang DLAST HR, was dining with two close friends at Fat Noodle on March 20, 2014, when he received a text on his Blackberry.

Shortly afterwards, he asked one of his friends to drive him in his white Mercedes to a car park near Auburn McDonald’s to “meet someone”.

It was 11.15pm when the pair drove into dimly lit Dartbrook Road and pulled up behind a late model silver Holden Commodore, facing in the direction of Parramatta Road.

Mr Joseph, who has previously gone by the name of Rafi Tooma, and is known as “Huss” or “Hussoney”, told his friend to wait for 30 minutes before getting into the back seat of the Commodore.

His friend waited until 4am but Mr Joseph never came back.

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Sergeant Glenn Morfoot, said Mr Joseph, who was born in Iraq, was a highly sophisticated operator who worked at an international level with many different crime syndicates to import drugs.

“We believe a particular person or persons lured him to that meeting, double crossed him and we also strongly believe that the whole purpose of that meeting was for the sole purpose of kidnapping and murdering him,” Detective Sergeant Morfoot said.

“Obviously somebody who is well known to him and was trusted by him so much that he was prepared to go there and get into this car by himself, which is massive for somebody who operates at his high level – that is a fairly high level of trust,” he said.

He said police believed Mr Joseph had access to large amounts of cash and drugs and whoever killed him did so for financial gain.

“There was definitely a motivation in terms of getting hold of Joseph the person, rather than just a straight hit,” he said.

His brothers admit Mr Joseph led a mysterious life but he rarely spoke to them about what he did.

They cannot understand why anyone would want to harm their “gentle brother” who adored his nieces and nephews.

He had just been on a 10-day trip to Dubai with friends and watched soccer with his brother Simon two days before his disappearance.

“The whole family has collapsed because of this – it is a situation that is unbelievable and we don’t know how to deal with it. It’s been a year and we don’t know what to do,” Rafael said.

“I swear I cry 20 times a day, when I’m driving … and I cry and I think, why does it have to be this way?”

Detectives are not discounting Mr Joseph’s chequered past, but say a number of people have come forward about his activities in the days leading up to his death.

Mr Joseph was previously the subject of a four-year international manhunt after he was wanted in relation to the shooting murder of his alleged rival Bronx Boys gang member, Dimitri Debaz, outside Sydney’s Sefton Playhouse hotel on December 13, 2002.

Mr Joseph fled but was arrested in San Diego in 2006 by immigration officials, who later discovered he was one of NSW’s most wanted criminals.

In the petition to Condoleezza Rice, Mr Joseph’s US lawyer explained why his client had gone into hiding after the Debaz murder.

“A friend of [Mr Joseph’s], Sadi Jajo, was kidnapped a few months later, beaten up, shot twice in each leg, had a caustic liquid poured on his neck, and then dumped on the street,” the petition said.

“His kidnappers were attempting to obtain from him [Mr Joseph’s] location.”

Charges were not pursued after Mr Joseph was brought back to Australia.

Detective Sergeant Morfoot urged anyone who knew about Mr Joseph’s suspected murder to come forward, even if it was just anonymously, to let his family know where his body was.

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Alleged Palermo mafia man Domenico Palazzotto (right) created a Facebook page under a false name and posted photos of himself living the good

Alleged Palermo mafia man Domenico Palazzotto (right) created a Facebook page under a false name and posted photos of himself living the good life. Photo: Facebook

Rome: Just when police thought they had finally loosened the Mafia’s historical stranglehold over Sicily, a new generation of brash mobsters is reclaiming the streets of Palermo – and bragging about it on Facebook.

After years when Cosa Nostra luminaries communicated only by handwritten notes in code, their youthful successors are making increasingly unabashed online boasts about their wealth, power and contempt for the magistrates hunting them down.

One suspected Palermo mobster, Domenico Palazzotto, 28, who created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats and sitting down to sumptuous lobster dinners.

The rising boss, who was in charge of Mafia activities in the Arenella neighbourhood of Palermo, where he allegedly helped run extortion operations, listed his liking for the US singer Kenny Loggins and name-checked an Italian TV series about the Mafia.

Amid crude insults apparently aimed at the police, Mr Palazzotto also swapped messages with an aspiring mobster who asked to be enrolled in his clan.

“Do I need to send a CV?” asked the applicant. “Yes, brother,” replied Mr Palazzotto jokingly. “We need to consider your criminal record. We do not take on people with clean records.”

However, while the online postings, which were revealed by Italian magazine L’Espresso, are thought to be partly intended to spread fear among the Mafia’s host communities, such flagrant disregard for the criminal organisation’s traditional penchant for discretion could also be the mobsters’ undoing.

An investigative source in Palermo told The Sunday Telegraph, London, that officers were spending time checking through Facebook to seek out the bosses lurking behind false names.

Salvatore D’Alessandro, a rising mob henchman loyal to Mr Palazzotto, also posted on Facebook under a pseudonym and described his ambition to move up the organisation’s ranks.

“For the time being I am one of the small sharks hunting in the deep,” he wrote. “But the moment will come when I rise to the surface and will have no pity for anyone.”

The investigative source, who declined to be named, said the mob was “pushing to make a comeback in Palermo”, following years when the ranks of Mafiosi were decimated by arrests. But the new generation, the source added, could not be more different from its predecessors.

“Going online would have been unthinkable for the old guard,” the source said. “They lived in farmhouses and existed on bread and cheese, without using phones, relying on pizzini (handwritten notes) to get their orders out.

“The new generation are using Facebook, texts and WhatsApp to show that they are going to the best discos, beaches and restaurants, because they believe that is key to earning respect. The problem is that makes you traceable and they are getting arrested.”

Mr Palazzotto was among 95 suspected mobsters rounded up in June in Palermo in an operation dubbed “Operation Apocalypse”, aimed at decapitating the city’s new Mafia leadership. Police said they had put a temporary stop to vote rigging, extortion and drug-trafficking operations. More importantly, officers said they had halted a bid to pull together scrapping clans across the city into a more compact criminal empire, harking back to the leadership of Toto Riina, the “boss of bosses”, jailed in 1993.

Investigators alleged a key figure in the rebirth was Mr Palazzotto’s cousin Gregorio Palazzotto, 37, who was issuing orders despite being in jail.

A keen user of Facebook, Gregorio used the site to insult Mafia turncoats who gave evidence to get out of jail, writing: “I have no fear of handcuffs, but I am afraid of those who start singing to get out of them.”

As police get wind of Facebook bragging by Mafiosi, a more time-honoured means for the mobsters to show off their power, involving Cosa Nostra’s venerable links to the Catholic Church, resurfaced in Palermo last week.

During one of the religious processions that frequently wind their way through the city, volunteers carrying a statue of a Madonna briefly set it down outside a funeral parlour owned by the family of Alessandro D’Ambrogio, a jailed Mafia boss, in what was viewed as a sign of respect.

During the pause outside the shopfront, where D’Ambrogio held mob summits, local children were lifted up to kiss the statue.

The incident recalled a similarly suspicious pause in a procession in Calabria last month near the home of jailed boss Peppe Mazzagatti, which prompted outrage in the wake of Pope Francis’ call for mobsters to be excommunicated.

Pietro Leta, the Carmelite prior who was responsible for the Palermo procession, denied his statue bearers were taking orders from mobsters, claiming the statue had stopped dozens of times, either to give the volunteers a rest, or to avoid the electrical cables strung across Palermo’s narrow streets.

Telegraph, UK


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Sam Ibrahim threatened a former business associate on the phone.

Underworld figure Hassan “Sam” Ibrahim has been sentenced to at least 16 months’ jail for threatening a former business partner and intimidating police. Early last year the former Parramatta chapter president of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang threatened a man associated with Port Macquarie company Silver City Drilling in a number of phone calls. It is understood Ibrahim had been involved in a business venture with the man. NSW police arrested 48-year-old Ibrahim in March last year when he attended Castle Hill police station as part of his parole conditions. On Friday Parramatta Local Court magistrate Georgia Knight sentenced him on two charges of using a carriage service to threaten to kill, and on one charge of intimidating police in the execution of their duty. The total minimum sentence was 16 months and it will expire on October 12, 2015. Two unrelated charges against Ibrahim – possessing a prohibited weapon without permit and possessing prescribed restricted substances – were adjourned for a hearing on a date to be fixed.


Brothers for life Gang founder Bassam Hamzy

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Bassam Hamzy. CRIMINAL image

One of Australia’s most notorious criminals was in a maximum-security prison after being jailed for murder when he organised for gunmen to open fire on a Melbourne house over a $45,000 drug debt, a court has heard. Extraordinary evidence from intercepted phone calls has been given in the County Court about the involvement of Bassam Hamzy – founder of vicious Sydney street gang Brothers 4 Life – in the drive-by shooting of a house in Meadow Heights. Hamzy was jailed for life in 2002 for the shooting murder of Kris Toumazis at a Sydney nightclub in 1998 and was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness due to give evidence against him.

He was serving his sentence at the Lithgow maximum-security prison in New South Wales when it was discovered in 2008 that he had been using an illegal mobile phone to make more than 400 calls a day to run a $250,000-a-week drug ring, arrange kidnappings and co-ordinate the Brothers 4 Life gang. Hamzy has since been moved to Goulburn’s Supermax jail. The County Court was told on Friday that Hamed Ajaj, 27, and Abdulgini Klink, 24, both of Sydney, were found guilty by a jury last month of two charges of reckless conduct endangering life after being present when two gunmen fired 12 shots at the Meadow Heights house at about 12.50am on May 25, 2008. Imran Allouche, 32, of Fawkner, a former “ice” addict who was not present during the drive-by shooting, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury after admitting taking part in a joint criminal enterprise involving the drive-by shooting.

He had supplied the two guns and the ammunition used in the shooting, and the Meadow Heights address. Judge James Parrish jailed Ajaj and Klink for a year but Allouche, who has turned his life around, walked free after receiving a wholly suspended one-year jail term. Crown prosecutor Damien Hannan had told the court that Allouche, by May 23, 2008, owed significant amounts of money to Hamzy for drugs Allouche had on-sold to people in Melbourne. Allouche, who was not having much success collecting the drug debts, was in constant contact with Hamzy before becoming aware the “boys” would be coming down to Melbourne from Sydney to help out. Allouche cautioned Hamzy that things had to be done slowly and his way, as he was familiar with how things worked in Melbourne. He boasted to Hamzy how he had spent $36,000 on six firearms. At 7.14pm on May 23, Allouche was recorded telling Hamzy that a drug debtor, “Daniel”, had pulled out a gun when approached at his house. Allouche tells Hamzy that “Daniel” or “Woody” owed $45,000. Allouche, who is upset and possibly crying on the phone, speaks to Hamzy less than an hour later trying to explain how despite his best efforts, his drug debtors have not paid him.

He asks Hamzy for two days to sleep but Hamzy makes it clear that he and “the boys” are going to take over the debt collecting for Allouche. On May 24 at 6.22pm Hamzy encourages Allouche to put the “boys” in the hotel [in Melbourne] “to use”. An hour later Allouche agrees to “smashing” and “breaking their toes”, and says he has told an associate to “get the boys from where they are, bring them here, and then we’re doing … that’s where we’re gonna start”.

At 7.53pm, Allouche tells Hamzy, “I want to go to his house, I want to go to his house”, referring to “Woody” who lives at the Meadow Heights house with his parents. Hamzy agrees and cautions him not to leave the car but to make sure “all the toys are good”. Allouche replies, “All right habib”. At 11.13pm, Hamzy tells Allouche on the phone, “I want to spray”. Allouche replies: “They are scumbags … You got to scare him, they don’t get the point”, before telling Hamzy, “I’ll send the boys there now then”. Allouche calls Hamzy nine minutes later trying to buy more time to find a more peaceful solution but a frustrated Hamzy tells him, “Brother, go and shoot hey?”. Woody’s mother and her partner were in the lounge room when the gunmen opened fire but were not injured



Italian mobster fed to pigs

Nov. 28 – Police discover that an Italian mobster was killed by pig-feeding, after intercepting a phone call from the killer who boasted about enjoying hearing the victim scream.









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