* You could see that on TV in yesterdays news. But the attacks on the police officers who investigated theÂ crime-bossesÂ murder are not reported in the press:Â
Lighting fuse of drug gangs war: Darwiche vs Razzaks
By Michelle Cazzulino/Daily Telegraph
HE cold-blooded daylight execution of drug boss Abdul Qadier Darwiche will inevitably lead to more bloodshed, a senior police source warned yesterday.
The shooting death of the 37-year-old has thrown a major criminal syndicate into disarray, with police warning retribution was likely to follow “within months”.
“The fact is, if (Darwiche’s gang) are going to remain major players in the crime game, they’re going to have to reassert themselves . . . their boss has been killed, so it’s not a minor player and you can’t just say, ‘Give us $100,000 in blood money and we’ll call it quits’,” the source said yesterday.
“(Darwiche’s) crew has a huge problem now in terms of face and it’s also likely to encourage those who have been sitting on the sidelines to take advantage of the instability.”
Â Â Â Â Â Personal friend of the family: catmeat sheik Hilali
Those groups include members of rival family the Razzaks and three other gangs – the Telopea St Boys, the Auburn Boys and an emerging crew that hails from the southern suburb of Arncliffe.
The escalation of Sydney’s bloody turf wars harks back to the mid to late-1990s, when the city’s criminal scene was dominated by standover man Danny Karam and his deputy Michael Kanaan, whose enterprises ran to drug running, weapons trading, knee-cappings and murder.
Today, Karam is dead, Kanaan is serving three life sentences in Goulburn’s “Supermax” facility and the vicious battle for control of Sydney’s illegal gun, car rebirthing and drug trades shows no sign of abating.
The casualty list has been enormous and the willingness to settle old scores seemingly never-ending.
In the 11 years since Karam was slain, the police source said there had been “20 to 30 murders and another 50 to 100 shootings” as control was wrested away by one side, only to be clawed back by another.
The genesis of the criminal scene can be traced back to the emergence of gangs formed by members of the Raazak and Darwiche families, who were at war with the Bankstown-based Telopea St Boys and former followers of Kanaan and Karam.
The escalating tensions reached their peak in 2003 with a series of drive-by shootings that culminated in the creation of Strikeforce Gain, which made several key arrests.
With many of the major players either dead or sentenced to long prison terms, a temporary ceasefire was unavoidable. That all changed with Saturday’s execution.
With Abdul’s brother Adnan “Eddie” Darwiche currently serving a life sentence for murder, Abdul’s death leaves his associates in a precarious position.
Further complicating matters is the fact up to seven rocket launchers, stolen from the Australian military and sold to Adnan Darwiche, have never been recovered.
As shifting loyalties and long-held grudges continue to dominate personal relationships, old scores are likely to be settled in coming months, the police source said.
“When the first round of shootings began in the late 1990s, a lot of the guys were 15 or 16 at the time. What you have now is not a second generation – they’re just the younger ones becoming old enough to be shooters themselves,” he said.
“These people have been waiting to step into the void to settle old grudges. The feuds don’t stop simply because someone goes to jail.”
Meanwhile,Â NSW Police Commissioner Scipione today said the Darwiche family was well-known in southwestern Sydney.
“This is an area where we know, certainly, there were many people that could help us and we are right now working with the community to try and get as much information as we can, that we can sort this out as quickly as possible,” Mr Scipione said/
Mr Scipione said “insidious organised crime” was a global issue and bringing crime bosses to justice was complicated.
“The fact is we certainly have to make sure we’ve got evidence,” he said.
“That evidence is not easy to come by.
“These people know every trick in the book. They are very effective at removing themselves from an evidentiary chain and that, in itself, makes it difficult for officers.”
“Children” watch as father shot dead in street
* Typical for the far left nutters from the SMH to describe adolescent thugs as “children”…
- Malcolm Brown
AS HE took six children to a fast food restaurant in Bass Hill on Saturday, Abdul Darwiche was a man with a troubled past.
He had been acquitted on a charge of attempted murder three years earlier. He was also at the centre of long-standing allegations that he headed a drug syndicate and that he was locked in a blood feud with a rival Lebanese family.
Mr Darwiche, 37, had, on his own family’s accounts, been trying to go straight. On Saturday afternoon he put four of his children and two others into his Mitsubishi Triton and took them to a Subway restaurant. Perhaps, he thought, this would not be a place for a “hit”.
From what was able to be pieced together yesterday, he took the children into the restaurant in a shopping complex at the corner of the Hume Highway and Miller Road at about 3.45pm. While they were eating, he walked out and spoke to a man at a nearby service station.
According to police, the two argued, the other man produced an automatic pistol and shot Mr Darwiche, who got into his vehicle, gesturing to his children to stay inside the restaurant, and tried to drive away. The gunman poured a stream of bullets into the Triton, fatally wounding Mr Darwiche, who remained in the vehicle as it went across Miller Road and hit a tree.
The assailant got into a silver Honda CRV and sped off down Miller Road, leaving a handful of bewildered witnesses. Zac Nasser, living nearby, heard the shots and the crash but by the time he got out of his house it was over. Detective Inspector Chris Olen, of the Homicide Squad, State Crime Command, said several cartridge cases were picked up outside the shops.
Was this the resumption of the war, which had included a spate of murders and shootings involving the Darwiche and Razzak families years before? In 2003 the home of Farouk “Frank” Razzak had been shot up. In another incident Mr Darwiche went on trial with his brother, Adnan, for attempted murder but in 2006 was acquitted. Adnan, though, was sentenced to life imprisonment for two murders.
It had been rumoured that in more recent times there was a truce between the two families and there had even been payment of “blood money” to cement it.
On Saturday night Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, former mufti and still an influential figure in the Muslim community, went to the Darwiche’s home to speak to the family, including the traumatised children, after having been called by a family member.
“His mother was there, family members, they were all in a state of shock, there was not much talking,” the sheik’s spokesman, Keysar Trad, said. “The point they did make to me was that, contrary to what has been reported in the media, he had been trying to get away from all forms of anti-social activity.
“From what I hear, he was trying to lead a law-abiding life.”
Sheik al-Hilaly said yesterday it was “a terrible tragedy”, his heart went out to the widow, the children and other members of the family.
“Australia is a law-abiding nation and we should always protect that and not allow it to descend into the jungle,” he said.
Inspector Olen said police had formed Strike Force Solomon to investigate the shooting and 21 detectives had been assigned to it.
He said Mr Darwiche was known to the police, there had been “interaction” with him in the past. Several lines of inquiry were being pursued, including people who might have had a grudge against Mr Darwiche.
“We will get a result sooner rather than later,” he said.