Brothers for Life gang come crashing down


Death of the Brothers 4 Life gang: it destroyed itself in an explosion of ego and violence

YONI BASHAN

The Daily Telegraph

January 10, 2014

THE downfall of the Brothers 4 Life gang began at Bankstown Hospital in February last year.

Lying on a bed was a 24-year-old B4L gang member with a bullet in his right knee and another in his left thigh.

The lifestyle of drug running and gang association had clearly caught up with him – he’d had enough.

Faced with the option of keeping quiet or turning around his life, he made a decision to turn informant.

QAUMI; THE RISE AND FALL OF A BRUTAL GANGSTER

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B4L MEMBER CHARGED WITH GUN POSSESSION

BROTHERS 4 LIFE GANG ‘SMASHED’ POLICE SAY

Tactical response police arrest Farhad Qaumi on the Central Coast yesterday.

Tactical response police arrest Farhad Qaumi on the Central Coast yesterday.

Until then, police had no one inside the gang – finally they had made the all-important breakthrough.

Today he is a key Crown witness, known by the pseudonym of Victim A. Before Victim A, police intelligence on B4L was minimal.

As if taunting police, some B4L members registered cars with the numberplate “MEOC” and had the same word – an acronym for the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad – tattooed on their necks.

But, like pulling on a thread, everything began to unravel after Victim A.

Within months, senior figures were being locked up and charges were being laid over unsolved shootings.

Gangland Boss arrested 0:30

Farhad Qaumi is led away after a dramatic police operation that led to his arrest yesterday.

Farhad Qaumi is led away after a dramatic police operation that led to his arrest yesterday.

Brothers 4 Life leader Farhad Qaumi was handed from tactical response officers to detectives.

Brothers 4 Life leader Farhad Qaumi was handed from tactical response officers to detectives.

Everything appeared to simmer down until last July when gangland figure Farhad Qaumi, arrested on Wednesday, stepped on to the scene – allegedly assuming control of the Blacktown region and setting up a chapter stacked with Afghan members.

Tension soon followed, mainly over drug turf, prompting a series of tit-for-tat shootings, attempted assassinations and at least one murder. The conflict reached its peak on October 31 with the murder of Mahmoud Hamzy at Revesby Heights. Hamzy was gunned down by at least two gunmen outside Mohammed Hamzy’s home.

Bassam Hamzy was jailed for 21 years for murder.

Bassam Hamzy was jailed for 21 years for murder.

Eight days later, NSW Police began making its first major arrests of gang members, taking out its Bankstown chapter from the top down. Its leader Mohammed Hamzy was first to be locked up, charged by the Homicide Squad with the murder of fellow B4L member Yehye Amood at Greenacre in 2012.

Another senior Bankstown chapter member, Omar Ajaj, was also arrested and charged over a separate shooting of fellow gang member Alex Ali, which occurred only a few days prior to the Amood murder.

Although police predicted a partial end to the gang after the initial arrests, gangland violence continued.

One case still being investigated is the murder of businessman Joe Antoun, 50, at his Strathfield home on December 16. Antoun’s business partner, Vasko Boskovski, 35, died in similar circumstances on July 30.

Another case under investigation is the attempted assassination of Qaumi himself as he sat aboard a luxury yacht on New Year’s Day.

BALLISTIC TESTS TIE GUNS TO CRIMES

BALLISTIC tests on firearms seized by police during investigations into the arrest of three Brothers for Life members have linked the guns to a number of crimes, police said yesterday.

Three handguns and two shotguns were allegedly found during investigations which led to the arrests of BFL leader Farhad Qaumi, 31, his brother Mumtaz, 29, and Masieh Amiri, 27, on Wednesday in Sydney and on the Central Coast.

“Testing has been carried out and linked the weapons to shootings,” Detective Superintendent Debbie Wallace, head of the Middle Eastern Crime Squad, said.

Strike force Sitella is investigating the group for links to seven shootings and a serious assault in the last half of 2013. The NSW Homicide Squad is also investigating the street gang’s involvement in three recent Sydney murders but no additional charges have been laid against any of the accused.

The elder Qaumi has been the target of police investigation since the setting up of the strike force.

He was shot by a gunman while on the luxury yacht Oscar II at Rose Bay Wharf on New Year’s Day, where up to 20 bullets were fired at the vessel.

He was placed under 24-hour surveillance soon after the shooting, leading to his and the others arrests on Wednesday.

Brothers 4 Life leader Farhad Qaumi

Brothers 4 Life leader Farhad Qaumi

Farhad Qaumi, his brother Mumtaz, and Masieh Amiri, were refused bail yesterday on a variety of charges, including gun possession and drug distribution.

Bondi shooting victim in Brothers 4 Life 2:18

Farhad Qaumi: the rise and bloody fall of a brutal gangster

Yoni Bashan

The Daily Telegraph

January 09, 2014

ON the streets he is known as “The Afghan”. At the age of 31 Farhad Qaumi has carved out a reputation as a player in Sydney’s gangland.

But yesterday he was under arrest after a dramatic swoop by police involving heavily armed officers outside a Central Coast hotel.

Officers are hailing the arrest­ as one of the most significant coups in the fight against Brothers 4 Life.

His induction to the B4L gang early last year prompted a wave of internal fighting, public shootings and the murder­ of at least one man, Mahmoud Hamzy, in October.

Only last week Qaumi, a high-value target for the NSW Police Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, was at the centre of headlines after he was the victim of a shooting while on a luxury yacht on New Year’s Day.

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BONDI SHOOTING VICTIM IN B4L GANG

One account of the night, confirmed by multiple sources, is that he was sitting with his back to a window on the boat when the gunshots rang out. But at that moment he knelt down to pick something up from the floor, causing a bullet to miss the bulk of his body and hit his shoulder.

We  can also reveal the celebrations were in honour of a young and high-profile criminal identity who is expected to be sent to jail in the coming weeks over a drug bust.

Another man on the boat, Fawad Bari, 23, was arrested two days later during a vehicle­ stop on the M4. Police allegedly discovered a .38 revolver­. Bari is accused of being aligned to Qaumi’s B4L faction. He denies this.

After months of investigations into Qaumi, police said they have now taken out the head of the Afghan-dominated Blacktown chapter and seven other of its members.

This includes Qaumi‘s two brothers, Jamil and Mumtaz, who are both behind bars. Jamil was charged on November 7 over a shooting involving rival gang members outside Bankstown‘s Chokolatta cafe while Mumtaz was arrested yesterday at a home in Wyong.

Mumtaz was also among those on board the luxury yacht on the night of the shooting

Qaumi’s induction to the gang occurred earlier this year and, according to police, came directly from its founder – Supermax prison inmate Bassam Hamzy.

The move would prove fatal for the gang. His appointment­ prompted immediate factional infighting between the group’s Bankstown and Blacktown chapters. The result has been almost a dozen shootings across Sydney, including the Hamzy murder.

Hamzy was gunned down outside the home of his cousin and Sydney gang leader Mohammed Hamzy, 28, at Revesby Heights.

Mohammed Hamzy has since been charged with the murder of B4L gang member Yehye Amood who was killed by gunfire while in a car at Greenacre in 2012.

The source of conflict between the Bankstown and Blacktown factions allegedly stems from a falling out over drug territory in the Blacktown area.

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NOTORIOUS recaptured rapist Cameron John Graham allowed privileges at Christmas? WTF


What the hell was a recently jailed rapist (for 11 years )  doing being flown to be “Near family” at Christmas in the first place? What sort of jail system do we have?Bloody law abiding folks often only WISH they could afford to see family…Absolute joke…What are your thoughts readers?

Jail transfers halted, prison escapees captured overnight

A NOTORIOUS rapist allowed privileges at Christmas and another fugitive were captured overnight after their shambolic escape saw Corrective Services chief James McMahon yesterday cancels all non-essential prison transfers.

CCTV from BP Cue petrol station showing escapee Cameron John Graham wearing orange cap and dark T shirt with “LA” in large letters on the front.

CCTV from BP Cue petrol station showing escapee Cameron John Graham wearing orange cap and dark T shirt with “LA” in large letters on the front.

Cameron John Graham, 22, sentenced in November to 11 years jail for brutally raping a mother, escaped from custody after being flown from his Perth prison cell to Geraldton to be close to his family for Christmas.

Kelden Edward Fraser, 23, who escaped from a prison van in Geraldton

Kelden Edward Fraser, 23, who escaped from a prison van in Geraldton

Graham and another prisoner, Kelden Edward Fraser, 23, were captured after police used a plane to find their bush camp in the Mullewa area, near Geraldton.

Officers were deployed to the camp where they arrested Graham and Fraser just after 1am this morning.

The pair were taken to Geraldton Police Station.

The escape has increased heat on Serco, the private company responsible for prisoner transfer.

After refusing to front the media yesterday, Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis told The Sunday Times last night when asked about Serco: “Of course I am disappointed in Serco. They are skating on thin ice.”

 In the wake of the security failure, Commissioner McMahon also ordered a review of the prisoner transfer process, as the State Opposition called for a parliamentary inquiry into the debacle.

CorrectIve Services Commissioner James McMahon faces the media today

CorrectIve Services Commissioner James McMahon faces the media today

Acting Premier Kim Hames and Mr McMahon were left to face a barrage of questions yesterday.

Mr McMahon said that as a result of the incident only prison transfers approved by him would go ahead.

 ”At the department we take this very seriously. Our ultimate job is to provide safety to the community,” he said. “We failed. The ultimate responsibility for that is me. Let me very clear about that.”

He added: “I think it is an outrage. I am going to get to the bottom of it.”

Mr McMahon also put Serco on notice. Serco was transporting the escapees.

“There have been a number of incidents that have come across my desk that have involved Serco,” he said.

“Do I have concerns? Absolutely I do. And I am reviewing that in its entirety.

“I will be making my point very strongly and clearly to Serco that the minimum requirement I require of any organisation that are trans-porting people from a custodial perspective is that it needs to be done securely.”

Opposition spokesman for corrective services Paul Papalia said yesterday Labor would move a motion calling for the inquiry when parliament resumes next month.

Mr Papalia said it was “inconceivable” that one month after starting his jail term Graham would be transferred from maximum security at a Perth prison – believed to be Hakea – to medium-security Greenough Regional Prison to be closer to his family for Christmas.

Mr Papalia said that Graham did not deserve the festive season perk and the “risks were too high”.

 When Graham broke into the woman’s home on January 15 last year, he threatened to murder her children.

He then forced her to undress before repeatedly raping his terrified victim in her walk-in robe.

Afterwards he ordered her to drive to a nearby cash machine and withdraw $400.

At sentencing, District Court judge Christopher Stevenson said Graham’s offending was of “such gravity” that it was difficult to find words “as a human being to describe the nature and depravity of it”.

But one month later, ­Graham was rewarded with a taxpayer-funded flight to see his family in Geraldton.

Asked by the media yesterday why Mr Francis was missing in action, Dr Hames said: “I don’t know where he is. He is not my responsibility.”

“I don’t know the circumstances behind Joe not being able to talk today. The Minister has a full understanding of the implications of his responsibilities as a Minister. It’s up to him to make those decisions and up to the Premier to make judgments on whether those decisions are accurate or not.”

Mr Papalia said: ” Corrective Services minister Joe Francis needs to provide the community a full explanation as to why this perk was allowed.

“When parliament resumes we will attempt to have this investigated and (we) want the government’s support.

“In this case, it would appear the prisoner was transferred to Greenough so that his family could go and see him in prison – just one month after he was sentenced.

“This is a guy (Mr Francis) who chases publicity for self promotion and spin but is shy when there is an issue. I will be writing to the Minister and asking him for the specific process that occurs for transfers of Mr McMahon said a detailed investigation was also being conducted by Serco.

Mr Papalia said Serco should also be part of the inquiry.

“Serco has had a series of failures in the past few months,” Mr Papalia said.

Graham was being transferred back to Perth on Friday when he kicked the door out of a prison van at Geraldton airport and stole a rental car at 1pm.

Fraser, 23, on remand at Greenough for alleged armed robbery, also escaped with him.

The car allegedly stolen by the pair was found bogged 39km north of Mullewa.

Police officers had resumed the search at first light yesterday after reports the escapees were seen refuelling at a BP service station in Cue, 651km northeast of Perth, about 8.30pm on Friday.

They were seen by police travelling along Great Northern Highway but disappeared 15km north of Mount Magnet.

About 2.30am, police spotted the car on the Geraldton-Mount Magnet Rd heading east. A car chase ensued but officers lost them.

Police last night used helicopters and night-vision equipment to locate the men.

 Serco declined to comment

Aussie Paedophiles back up and running


Hi folks my other site to highlight sex offenders had been offline for some time unbeknown to me as I was off the internet. I discovered yesterday it was flagged by wordpress robots for spam. UPDATE  I worded that wrongly here, and in another spot somewhere I cannot find. I was meaning unknown why it was down, not that it WAS DOWN. Some people here got upset, because they had told me it was down,Im not denying that. sorry about that!, Robbo)I wrote to them and they have unlocked the site. Needs updating but here is the link (also in menu at top)
http://aussiepaedophiles.wordpress.com/  now called http://aussiesexoffenders.wordpress.com/ to encompass all sex offenders

see correspondence below.If you have any troubles follow instructions as advised below!

Name: Robbo
Email: aussiecriminals@gmail.com
Website: http://aussiepaedophiles.wordpress.com
Comment: Hi I have been away but my members wrote to me saying the above site had been blocked/removed.

It is/was a site to highlight convicted pedophiles here in Australia as a service to the community.Many people have contacted me wanting to know why the site that warned others about the criminals who had abused them or their children had disappeared. They think I removed it, which is  NOT the case

WE put a lot of work into it.If there is a problem that can be rectified please I implore you to look into it and let me know how I can get it back live again please

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Baden-Clay due to face trial in June for the murder of his wife, Allison


 Allison

Courier Mail

 A SUPREME Court judge has described a counsellor’s attempts to avoid testifying at the murder trial of Gerard Baden-Clay as “bizarre”.

Justice James Douglas was commenting on submissions from the counsellor’s barrister that her sessions with Baden-Clay and his wife, Allison, were confidential.

“I regard the proceedings of the criminal courts of Australia as very significant proceedings,” Justice Douglas told a pre-trial hearing.

“I would have thought it would require very strong words to prevent evidence being called.

“To construe an act like this, to say evidence isn’t admissible when somebody’s on trial for murder, is quite frankly, in my mind, bizarre.

“A person on trial for the most serious crime really should be able to call evidence or have evidence called that is relevant.

“To construe the act this way, to try to say it’s actually in the public interest not to, I find very odd.”

Baden-Clay, who is due to face trial in June for the murder of his wife, sat silently in the dock for yesterday’s hearing. Clean-shaven and dressed in a dark suit, he was flanked by security guards and did not have his usual family support.

He reported his wife missing from their Brookfield home last April and her body was discovered under a bridge 10 days later.

Justice Douglas has been asked to rule on whether evidence from Relationships Australia counsellor Carmel Ritchie was admissible in the trial.

Barrister George Kalimnios, for Relationships Australia, argued the counsellor could legally keep her sessions with the Baden-Clays confidential.

But the prosecution and defence yesterday both told the court they wanted the evidence to be included and argued it was admissible.

Prosecutor Glen Cash, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court police executed a search warrant on Relationships Australia Queensland on May 11 last year.

Baden-Clay had a session with Ms Ritchie on April 16 last year, just four days before he reported his wife missing from the Brookfield home. His wife had a separate session with Ms Ritchie immediately after his, and had a previous session on March 27.

Mr Cash told the court any public interest in confidentiality was overwhelmed by the need for access to the full evidence for the murder trial.

Concerns about discouraging openness in counselling sessions had to be put behind the interests of allowing the trial, he said.

Concerns about effects on future counselling sessions could be “overstated” as counsellors could only be called to give evidence in a very small number of cases, he said.

Michael Byrne QC, for Baden-Clay, said a murder trial had far greater public interest than confidentially for counselling sessions.

Justice Douglas said he would make his decision known at a future date.

Outside court, Baden-Clay’s solicitor Peter Shields said: “There won’t be any comment at all until the end of the trial.”

Source:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/gerard-badenclay-appears-in-court-for-pretrial-hearing-to-decide-whether-counsellor-should-testify/story-e6freon6-1226730693253

UPDATE (Thanks to JJE).

Developments on the BC case in court this morning.  Mr Business-As-Usual was in court today, represented by the very capable Mr Shields.  The counsellor has been ordered to appear as a witness.  Although not mentioned in the relevant CM or BT articles, it has been said previously that BC’s legal team were not opposing the counsellor giving evidence…  I wonder if that is the case now… (keep in mind his legal team has changed).  A glance at the ruling and reporting indicates this is still the case. And previously the counsellor – through her barrister – has argued that the sessions were ‘confidential’…  Thankfully this judge has sensibly ruled otherwise

Reveal all, I say…  Reveal all and let everyone see for themselves…

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/badenclay-counsellor-can-give-evidence-20131219-2zmld.html

Federal Election – 7th September, 2013


It would be nice to have Free Speech, Rupert Murdoch:

Wait a minute

As quoted on Youtube:

The TV networks appear to be allowing Rupert Murdoch to again manipulate how people think and vote as he allegedly has an agenda.

A Former Officer’s Experiences at H.M. Prison, Pentridge.


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Main entrance of former H.M.Prison Pentridge i...

Main entrance of former H.M.Prison Pentridge in Melbourne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Experiences and history of a former officer’s experience at H.M. Prison Pentridge.

HM Prison Pentridge was an Australian prison built in 1850 in Coburg, Victoria. The first prisoners arrived in 1851. The prison officially closed on 1 May 1997.

Pentridge was often known by the nickname “The Bluestone College”, “Coburg College” or the “College of Knowledge”. The grounds were originally landscaped by renowned landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.  Since decommissioning, the prison has been partly demolished to make way for a housing development. Large buildings have been built and a 16 floor modern apartment block is being planned.

The site is split in two with the northern prison being developed by Valad Property Group and the other areas by Pentridge Village. The National Trust has expressed strong concerns about the nature of the Heritage Victoria-approved Master Plans which involve peppering the walls with holes and building high-density high-rise between the historic divisions.

Pentridge prison 2

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Special Treatment involved for an Accused Killer: GBC enlists Defense Team allegedly using family contacts on Grants Committee – Part 11


Dear Allison

Dear Allison – Imagine how her children feel.

Should Gerard Baden-Clay, accused wife killer, be given special treatment?

Gerard Baden Clay allegedly has family working for Legal Aid Qld, according to searches in ThePeerage.com which links families.  Gerard Baden-Clay, through a relative who allegedly works for the Grants Committee of Legal Aid, has enlisted one of Brisbane’s most high-profile criminal defense teams to represent him at his upcoming murder trial.

http://thepeerage.com/p6368.htm

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http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/publications/Reports/annual-report/annual-report-archives/2009-10/Documents/LAQ-annual-report-2009-10-part-4.pdf (Please refer to Grants’ Committee – page 20).

Grants staff members Amy McClelland, Leanne Lester,
Brett Newsome, Erin Ames, Rachael Broadhurst, John Cuthbert,
Aditya Reddy, Kirsty Poljak, Daniel Coates, Emma Bennet,
and Alex Baden-Powell.

GBC will be represented by solicitor Peter Shields and barrister Michael Byrne QC as he fights the murder charge in the Supreme Court.

Peter Shields michael byrne cropped

Mr Shields                                        Michael Byrne QC

Mr Shields, a former police officer, is one of few accredited criminal specialist solicitors in Queensland.

Did Gerard Baden-Clay’s lawyers discontinue to represent Baden-Clay to enable family contacts, through Legal Aid’s Grant System, giving Gerard Baden-Clay, an accused wife killer, free representation, while using our Tax Dollars?

Should GBC be receiving special treatment?

Grub

Grub

(Source:  http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/publications/Reports/annual-report/annual-report-archives/annual-report-2010-11/our-systems-and-processes/PublishingImages/grants_2010_mHR_fmt.png)

Special Treatment involved for an Accused Killer: GBC enlists Defense Team allegedly using family contacts on Grants Committee


Dear Allison

Dear Allison – Imagine how her children feel.

Should Gerard Baden-Clay, accused wife killer, be given special treatment?

Gerard Baden Clay allegedly has family working for Legal Aid Qld, according to searches in ThePeerage.com which links families.  Gerard Baden-Clay, through a relative who allegedly works for the Grants Committee of Legal Aid, has enlisted one of Brisbane’s most high-profile criminal defense teams to represent him at his upcoming murder trial.

http://thepeerage.com/p6368.htm

Genealogy Royal Noble Peer Duke Count Lord Baron Baronet Sir Database Family Tree Europe Nobility

http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/publications/Reports/annual-report/annual-report-archives/2009-10/Documents/LAQ-annual-report-2009-10-part-4.pdf (Please refer to Grants’ Committee – page 20).

Grants staff members Amy McClelland, Leanne Lester,
Brett Newsome, Erin Ames, Rachael Broadhurst, John Cuthbert,
Aditya Reddy, Kirsty Poljak, Daniel Coates, Emma Bennet,
and Alex Baden-Powell.

GBC will be represented by solicitor Peter Shields and barrister Michael Byrne QC as he fights the murder charge in the Supreme Court.

Peter Shields michael byrne cropped

Mr Shields                                        Michael Byrne QC

Mr Shields, a former police officer, is one of few accredited criminal specialist solicitors in Queensland.

Did Gerard Baden-Clay’s lawyers discontinue to represent Baden-Clay to enable family contacts, through Legal Aid’s Grant System, giving Gerard Baden-Clay, an accused wife killer, free representation, while using our Tax Dollars?

Should GBC be receiving special treatment?

Grub

Grub

(Source:  http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/publications/Reports/annual-report/annual-report-archives/annual-report-2010-11/our-systems-and-processes/PublishingImages/grants_2010_mHR_fmt.png)