Sydney Drug Boss Killing: Investigating Police Officers Attacked by Irate Gang Members

* You could see that on TV in yesterdays news. But the attacks on the police officers who investigated the crime-bosses murder are not reported in the press: 

* Police brush off gang war fears after Sydney shooting


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.”

Photos – The crime scene where he was shot


         Personal friend of the family: catmeat sheik Hilali

Plus: How drug boss Abdul Qadier Darwiche knew he was a target in a war between Sydney’s crime gangs.

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, 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.”


Sydney Moonbat Herald:

“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
Abdul Darwiche.Abdul Darwiche.

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.

8 thoughts on “Sydney Drug Boss Killing: Investigating Police Officers Attacked by Irate Gang Members”

  1. Darwiche is now residing in Rookwood, possibly in a section reserved for muslims, and now
    awaits the Great White Throne judgement, which I assume will see him spending eternity
    with the “prophet” mohammed, with or without virgins. Hundreds of mourners farewelled
    him, at his funeral service at the Lakemba mosque, with police warning journalists to stay
    away, because police could not guarantee their security. (Lakemba = No Go Zone?)

  2. How could the police in a civilised democracy allow a situation like crime to this magnitude and left unchecked to such a marked degree to permeate society? Have our police officers lost their moral courage to do the right thing? Are we short of brave policemen? Are we short of honest policemen not afraid and upright as to refuse bribes? These are some of the questions that the police minister…………..that ineffective little twirp should painfully ponder about. Dont blame the criminals………..they have been allowed to flourish because of the inefficiencies of government, and in particular the lack of governance in policing.

  3. Mullah,
    There was an interesting article from a retired Sydney detective who discussed the reasons for the unbounded growth of muslim criminal gangs and their influence in a news article. The article was originally referenced in an Australian nespaper, and then cross referenced in “Winds of Jihad”. I cannot find the original reference at present, but it would be useful to post it again it you have it so that people like Simon can find the answers to some of their questions.

  4. KaW, the philter trapped my reply with the link, but that article is on 1389’s blog …
    search on [ “How Middle Eastern criminal gangs began establishing no-go areas in Sydney” ]
    by retired detective Tim Priest. (originally in Quadrant)

  5. Extract of Quadrant article on 1389’s site…

    IT WAS ABOUT 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime groups was first
    observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been largely known for individual acts
    of anti-social behaviour and loose family structures involved in heroin importation and supply
    as well as motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear organised
    before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle accidents and arson. Because
    these crimes were largely victimless, they were dealt with by insurance companies and
    police involvement was limited. But from these insurance scams, a generation of young
    criminals emerged to become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion,
    armed robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running, organised factory
    and warehouse break-ins, car theft and conversion on a massive scale including the
    exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries.

  6. use are all wrong use dont know the truth yu think it was all over a druge war please get over it the man is dead get a life you motherfuker looking dogs it wasnt over a drug it was his time and his in gods hand and he doesnt need yu to judge what happend that day ABDUL DARWICHE was a great man he loved his family more than anything on this earth so please dont act like use know anything because its all the media that talks shit and its the MASON DOGS THAT TALK SHIT

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