Shackled Ibrahim brothers land in Sydney
MICHAEL and Fadi Ibrahim and the rest of the “Dubai Four” are back in Sydney — finally extradited almost six weeks after their arrests in one of Australia’s biggest organised crime stings.
After landing on home soil last night under heavy police guard and in shackles the brothers were taken to the Sydney Police Centre on Goulburn St, where they were charged in relation to an international drug and tobacco smuggling syndicate. Also back in Australia is Mustapha Dib and Koder Jomaa. The four are due to face court today.
MICHAEL and Fadi Ibrahim arrived in Sydney yesterday after being extradited from Dubai almost six weeks after their arrests in one of Australia’s biggest organised crime stings.
After landing on home soil last night under heavy police guard and cuffed the brothers were taken to the Sydney Police Centre on Goulburn Street, where they were charged in relation to an international drug and tobacco smuggling syndicate.
Also returning home was Mustapha Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, who were arrested along with the Ibrahim brothers in Dubai on August 8 during a series of dramatic raids in which more than 20 people were arrested.
All four are due to face Central Local Court today.
The Ibrahims, Dib and Jomaa left Dubai on a flight on Saturday and landed in Australia yesterday. The Daily Telegraph understands they did not fly into Sydney Airport.
According to court documents the alleged syndicate was brought down by a police informant known only as MW1 — Male Witness 1.
More than 500 police officers carried out a dramatic series of raids last month and underworld figures Hakan Arif and Steven Elmir were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers in Dubai.
The raids — carried out by NSW Police and Australian Federal Police — also netted Daniel Ibrahim, the 26-year-old son of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim.
Police will allege Michael Ibrahim, 39, was the alleged king pin of a major syndicate operating across the globe which allegedly imported millions of dollars of illegal tobacco and attempted to import more than 1.8 tonnes of narcotics.
Fadi, 43, has only been accused of a role in relation to the funding and importing of illegal tobacco.
Michael Ibrahim, Fadi Ibrahim and Dib were netted as part of Operation Veyda.
Under this operation the AFP, with assistance from NSW Police, dismantled two interlinked crime syndicates operating across Australia, Dubai and the Netherlands, resulting in 18 arrests and the seizure of more than 1.9 tonnes of narcotics destined for Australian streets.
Jomaa, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested as part of Operation Astatine.
Operation Astatine was an investigation by the NSW Joint Organised Crime Group (JOCG), resulting in 10 arrests allegedly connected with the importation of 200kg of MDMA and 15 million illegal cigarettes. On the day of its execution a further 80kg of cocaine and in excess of $740,000 were seized.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the extraditions would not have been possible without extensive cooperation from a number of different agencies.
“These operations have truly demonstrated the reach of Australian law enforcementaround the world,” he said.
Main: Fadi Ibrahim and (below) Michael Ibrahim are led into custody by AFP officers before being charged in relation to the smuggling syndicate. Another suspect is led in.