His new life in Malaysia - with some re­grets

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some. He didn’t want to leave my side.

“I fell in love with him for that. When you can’t trust the world and then you have some­one you can.”

Wrestling with the guilt, Fo­carelli said he re­fused anti-de­pres­sant med­i­ca­tion and, in­stead, sought so­lace in par­tic­u­lar pas­sages of the Ko­ran which bought him peace.

“If one (pas­sage) can take away so much pain and give me so much peace, how vast is the rest of the Ko­ran?” Fo­carelli says.

“I’ve never looked back. I’ve never set foot back in that crim­i­nal world.

“I got shot four, five times and I am still alive. Al­lah doesn’t owe me any­thing. I owe Al­lah.”

De­spite his pledge never to be caught up in South Aus­tralia’s un­der­world crime scene, Fo­carelli still had his visa can­celled for pre­vi­ous crimes.

“They never gave me a real rea­son,” he says. “All the crime I did was in the past, my crim­i­nal net­work was in the past, and then they came to de­port me.

“I wasn’t the tough­est gang­ster in the world, I don’t claim to be. All I know is that I stood my ground and I wouldn’t take grief from any­body.

“I changed my life but I don’t think that suited them.

“Imag­ine that – my mother is dy­ing and I just can’t be there for her.

“My fa­ther was dy­ing and they wouldn’t let me out of prison. He died two hours be­fore I was re­leased. I couldn’t go to my step­son’s funeral – I had to watch it on TV in prison. Did I turn my back on Al­lah? No, there was some­thing Al­lah wanted to change in my life.”

When con­tacted by the Sun­day Mail, Fo­carelli po­litely de­clined to go into the de­tails of his new life in Malaysia.

Fo­carelli with his mother, who has stage four can­cer and is be­ing cared for by him at his home in Kuala Lumpur. Inset, a no­tice pro­mot­ing meet­ings at which he ex­plains his tran­si­tion from a world of crime to his em­brace of Is­lam.

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