Brothers for Life gang come crashing down

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


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.






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 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.






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.

14 thoughts on “Brothers for Life gang come crashing down

  1. The Middle East Organised Crime Squads, must continue to apply the pressure on this Middle Eastern Brothers 4 life Gang, and kept shaking their tree, and making more arrests, to take out this rat bag gang of Terrorists and drug and organised crime low-life crims. Also there are other gangs that have there power base involving Middle Eastern race gang members, that have to be rooted out and eradicated!…… If any of these Middle Eastern criminal Gang Members are not naturalised born Australians, then the must be deported back from where they came from, in the Middle East. We Aussies don’t what their kind polluting and ruining Australia, with their Organised Drug Trafficking and violent Gang related crimes, on us!…… And if any of this Middle Eastern Gang Members are Holding Australian VISAS, or have been born here and are legal Australians, then the message needs to be sent out LOUD and CLEAR, that they will be dismantled and locked up in Maximum Security Super Max Prison for very long sentences to stop them re- forming their gangs and criminal activities back in the community. ………… These Sydney and Gold coast rich Ganglands and Bikie Gangs, must be broken up, before they take to much hold of our COUNTRY!
    Seizure of all Criminal Assets and Proceeds of their Crimes, Property, Luxury Boats, Custom Motor Cycles, Fast expensive Cars, and any thing of value that they have acquired must be taken from them. This violent radical criminal terrorist Muslim Trash must be stopped, ASAP. These violent arseholes have a notorious background in firearms crimes, and are home grown terrorists.
    And should be handled as Terrorists, under the strict Terrorist, imprisonment Laws!…………………….
    Zero Tolerance to Middle Eastern Criminals. Send them back to Allah in the Middle east or Mecca !…….And take your Korans with you. Aussies don’t want you Mohammed worshipers and your violent culture here!…………………….Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi……………………………………..


  2. The Lebos, Muslim Nappy Heads and the Iraq and Afghan Sand Niggers with terrorist hardened Middle Eastern cultures and violent ways they go about there criminal business empires on our once mostly safe Australia. These spicks are starting to take over everything, with their growing numbers filling the ranks and file of 1% Outlaw Bikie Gangs and endless numbers of them forming violent Drug Trafficking Street Gangs and Hoods, in every ethnic suburbs. Where they are frightening in there hoodies and use there notorious reputations to take over our streets, packed firearms, swords, Knuckledusters and Military style hunting knifes for settling all of their quarrels with anyone they consider their enemy. While the Australian Defence forces have been for the past 10 to 20 years fighting terrorist and maintaining peace keeping missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. These homegrown ethnic sandniggers, spicks and muso nappy heads have been building a bigger problem in our own Aussie land, Great Southern Land.
    Just look at all the shithead Muslim Crims, being held for Murder and other violent Crimes, in all our Maximum Security Supermax Prison…….. And the Prison Officers even give them a Koran and Prayer Mat to worship their ALLAHA AKBUR facing Mecca. for their Muslim good prospects of rehabilitation and Islamic forgiveness to Mahammad. These violent long bearded Muslim nappy head pricks, by the names of : Bassum Hamzy the Supermax- Brothers For Life Prison Gang Founder and Leader inside, along with Farhad” The Afghan” Quami, Mumtaz Quami, Jumil Quami, Masieh Amieri, Fawad Bari. These Scumbags should be put on the next avaible Chinook Military Helicopter, escorted by the Australian Defence Force and dropped off at the Khybar Pass in Afghanistan….. Australia don’t need these arseholes, filling up our jails at Tax Payers expence, looking after their needs inside prison – planning out their next violent crime in our Supermax Prisons., while they continue to grow their GANGS in our Australia cities and our streets and Communities………….The Governments must send them all back to where they come from! Far Far Away from Australia……. Send Back The Boats and send back all the Sand Niggers and Nappy Heads and Lebos back to Lebadon!………………………………….


    • lol my sentiments exactly. also if they’ve become Australian citizens it should be revoked all they have to do is legislate itas a condition to be a aussie citizen;because these arse holes are laughing at us.try pulling that shit in there own country.


  3. Bill that’s our countries weakest link on how we handle these violent Middle Eastern Criminal Muslims, Afghans, Sudanese, lebos, Vietnamese Drug Traffickers etc…..
    Our Immigration Minister and Federal and StateLaw Enforcment, Police, Customs, Border Security and Australian Defence Forces – must start to mass deport them, A.S.A.P.- so they don’t get a Strong, unstoppable foot hold in Australia, like they have in the United Kingdom. We have got to treat them with the same force and lack of mercy, as these would be Terrorists and Drug Dealers would show us, if we were to do the same in their shithole countries. Those Muslims over in the Middle East, would Execute us, Be – Head , Shoot or Torture, or firing squad with no hesitation… That is why they make such dangerous evil terrorist. life is very cheap to them . Especially to us there enemy and Westerner infidels.. And they are prepared to do a suicide bombing to innocent people in the name of Allah and their radical Muslim, Mohammed Religion, just to make a point to us, that there stupid god is superior to other Christian religions…………..


  4. Blowing hot air

    Anzac spirit died in Gallipoli……. We should be having accicidents in prison for these scum bags when they arrive to hard jail.

    Aussies today don’t want to do anything ,,,,,

    Wipe me out the same way these inbreed scum don’t give crap about our lifestyle in a Christian country so we should not care about what they want


  5. What Hard Jail. All the Aussie Hard Gaols have been closed down, and knocked down, that could have been used to hold all these scumbags!..i……………And its not the Aussies that don’t want to do anything – it the useless soft bloody judges and the hangers on do – gooders and crim loving lawyers that have made our modern jails so comfortable and weak, and given all the bloody crims rights in there to complain and sue about their shit head rights and the so called injusticesin their bed and breakfast resorts!………Once such case in the Supreme Court at the moment is Victorian Prisoner and Multiple Murder: Gregory Brazel, a low life lifer suing the authorities to get a computer in his cell. WTF!…….. Crims should not have the right to a computer. They shouldn’t have the rights to anything – end of story. Toilet paper should be a privilege for them. If it was still up to me when they ark up!…. I would still let them have to wipe their bronze their cell walls, and put the fire hose on them through the trap. To clean them up, They would still only get Just a tin shit bucket, for them to have a shit on the cross. And if they still ark up over their rights, send the 5 man screw goon squad into their cell, and give them the Black Panadol ! Treatments up!…. Followed by a sledgehammer and lots of Bluestone rocks to keep then company, after dragging them into the labour yards! With the ”H”.Division Tower Officer Patrolling their above them in there secure high security cages , while keeping his 25 rounds semi automatic Ruger M1 Carbine , and 38 Pistol ready and aimed at them in the direction of the Crosses on the front and back of there ”H”.Division Prison issue uniform!..if they try to escape!……..
    Brazil must of forgotten about his early years in the slot of ”H”.Division……No Bloody rights in there the Maggot!……..Just the Governors Pleasure!…….And lots of time in a cold in winter or hot in summer Solitary Confinement Cell, with no comforts, just hard Screws to abuse all day and night!..
    The Screws ran the Hell Division not the bloody Crims!…………………………………………………………….


  6. Steve , bill & the rest of the crew ,
    With all you racial comments ,

    Let’s talk about Terrorism & Islam

    1 . Who started the First World War ? Was it muslims ?
    2 . Who started the Second World War ? Was it muslims
    3 . Who killed about 20 million of aborigines in Australia ? Was it muslims ?
    4 . Who sent the nuclear bombs to Hiroshima & Nagasaki ? Was it muslims ?
    5 . Who killed more then 100 million Indians in North America ? Was it muslims ?
    6 . Who killed more then 50 million Indians in South America ? Was it muslims ?
    7 . Who took about 180 million of African people as slaves , of whom 80% died and were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean ? Was it muslims ?

    NO , they weren’t muslims first , you have to define terrorism properly . if a non Muslim does something bad , it is a crime . But if a Muslim commits the same act , he is a terrorist .
    First remove the double standard , them come to the point !!


    • Mel, the terms ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism” are relatively recent terminologies. NONE of the (statistically inaccurate) events you list have occurred within 70 years (at the very least) and are very western culture orientated. How about listing some major catastrophic events from the last two hundred years or so that occurred in regions with predominantly Islamic beliefs?


    • Mel: “Who killed about 20 million of aborigines in Australia ?”
      LOL – get your facts right – there are only just over 20 million people in total in Australia now. You need to take quite a few zeros off that figure. Hard to take any of your other ‘stats’ seriously as well.


  7. Life experiences is all we have to share if we are all honest! What is politically incorrect today maybe was not so back in the day, just like in the future. If we ignore what things were like we are disregarding what really happened


  8. Nicely said Mel,. Totally agree with your comments,
    The comments here as biased. There is good and bad and evil in every race even the “Aussies” you keyboard warriors.


    • Mel: “Who killed about 20 million of aborigines in Australia ?”
      LOL – get your facts right – there are only just over 20 million people in total in Australia now. You need to take quite a few zeros off that figure. Hard to take any of your other ‘stats’ seriously as well.


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