Seven muscles in on the scene
THE man who helped bring down one of Sydney’s most violent crime gangs has been signed by Channel 7 for its factual crime series Gangs of Oz (above).
Tony Rashid (not his real name) was the right-hand man of late Kings Cross drug boss Danny Karam in the 1990s.
But after a string of killings and a now infamous shootout with police behind White City, detectives swooped and Rashid was arrested along with triple-murderer Michael Kanaan and others from the gang known as ‘‘DK’s Boys’’.
Rashid’s story is to be a key feature of Gangs of Oz, which is due to premiere this month and is Seven’s attempt to lure the audience attracted to Nine’s hyped crime drama Underbelly.
Rashid will speak about why he put his life on the line and turned police informant.
Gangs of Oz, written by veteran crime reporters Neil Mercer and Steve Barrett, promises to explore ‘‘gripping stories of the Australian underworld’’.
The first program profiles Sydney’s notorious Middle Eastern organised crime gangs.
Actor Colin Friels has been announced as the presenter for Gangs of Oz, saying: ‘‘This is a documentary about Australia’s colourful criminal history and about what’s happening in the streets today.
‘‘As an actor one of my main jobs is to tell stories and these are great stories told extremely well.’’
The carnage and illegal activities inflicted on Australia by organised-crime gangs is estimated by the Australian Crime Commission to cost the country more than $10 billion each year. Gangs of Oz, M Channel 7, Wednesday February 11, 9.30pm Gangland documentary Duration: 1 hour