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Shack­led Ibrahim broth­ers land in Syd­ney

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Front Page - EMMA PAR­TRIDGE

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.

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