Air ar­rest on slain bikie

Hote­lier’s son nabbed at in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal af­ter Hawi mur­der

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - EMMA PAR­TRIDGE

PO­LICE ar­rested the son of a prom­i­nent Syd­ney hote­lier try­ing to flee the coun­try less than 24 hours af­ter the pub­lic ex­e­cu­tion of ex-bikie boss Mah­moud “Mick” Hawi out­side a gym.

De­tec­tives ar­rested the man at Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional air­port and later ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a home in Syd­ney’s south­west where they seized a Desert Ea­gle hand­gun.

The 29-year-old — who The Daily Tele­graph has cho­sen not to name — has not been charged or for­mally ques­tioned as he is be­ing held at a Syd­ney hospi­tal un­der men­tal health leg­is­la­tion.

Yes­ter­day NSW Po­lice con­firmed the man was ar­rested in con­nec­tion to Hawi’s day­light ex­e­cu­tion out­side Rock­dale Fit­ness First gym but po­lice have not es­tab­lished any links to the mur­der and still have “a num­ber of lines of in­quiry”.

Crim­i­nal groups squad com­man­der, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Deb Wal­lace told The Daily Tele­graph the handIn gun seized by in­ves­ti­ga­tors had been foren­si­cally tested but was not be­lieved to be the mur­der weapon.

“At this stage we have not es­tab­lished any links to Hawi’s mur­der but of course we still have to fol­low a num­ber of lines of in­quiry,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Wal­lace said. “Po­lice did ar­rest him at the air­port and con­ducted some ini­tial in­quiries how­ever we in­tend to speak with him fur­ther.”

It was 12.10pm on Fe­bru­ary 15 when Hawi (pic­tured) was shot a num­ber of times as he sat alone in­side his black Mercedes 4WD out­side the gym on West Botany St. The former national pres­i­dent of the Comanchero out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang was rushed to nearby St Ge­orge Hospi­tal but was pro­nounced dead a short time later. Po­lice be­lieve the mur­der was car­ried out by two men wear­ing bal­a­clavas who sped off in a grey Mercedes-Benz which was found burnt out a few streets away from the mur­der scene.

Hawi was once con­victed of the 2009 Syd­ney Air­port mur­der of ri­val bikie An­thony Zer­vas but the charge was sen­sa­tion­ally down­graded to man­slaugh­ter.

The 37-year-old was re­leased from jail in May 2015 and had promised his wife Carolina Gon­za­lez he would steer clear of his former bikie as­so­ciates.

the hours af­ter his death Ms Gon­za­lez — the mother of his two chil­dren — was given per­mis­sion to posthu­mously ex­tract sperm from her dead hus­band in the NSW Supreme Court.

De­tec­tives from the NSW Po­lice crim­i­nal groups squad have been sift­ing through hun­dreds of the­o­ries and have looked at many pos­si­bil­i­ties — in­clud­ing bad blood with former bikie as­so­ciates and whether his death had any­thing to do with his re­cent deal­ings in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

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