Seven mus­cles in on the scene

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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

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