Michael, Fadi Ibrahim extradited back to Sydney from Dubai over drug and tobacco smuggling allegations
The home of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim has been raided and brothers Michael and Fadi have been arrested in Dubai as part of a major operation targeting an international drug syndicate. CREDIT: 9 News
Michael Ibrahim and his brother have been returned to Australia after their Dubai arrests.Source:News Corp Australia
MICHAEL and Fadi Ibrahim arrived in Sydney yesterday after being extradited from Dubai almost six weeks after their arrests in one of Australiaâs biggest orga nised crime stings.
After landing on home soil Sunday 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.
AFP officers escort the four men, arrested as part of Operation Veyda, into Sydney Police Centre on Sunday night. Picture: Australian Federal PoliceSource:AFP
The four touched down on Sunday and were taken straight into custody by AFP officers. Picture: Australian Federal PoliceSource:AFP
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 expected to face Central Local Court on Monday.
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Michael Ibrahim at Sydney Airport on his way to Dubai.Source:Supplied
Fadi Ibrahim at Sydney Airport on July 25, in a CCTV shot released by Australian Federal Police.Source:Supplied
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 â" 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 â" carried out by NSW Police and Australian Federal Police â" also netted Daniel Ibrahim, the 26-year-old son of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim.
All four men are expected to face Central Local Court on Monday. Picture: Australian Federal PoliceSource:AFP
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.
Officers lead Michael Ibrahim into custody. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
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.
Fadi Ibrahim under escort by AFP officers. Picture: Australian Federal PoliceSource:AFP
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.
Kings Cross identity John Ibrahimâs home was raided six weeks ago. He has not been charged and is not accused of any crime. Picture: Richard DobsonSource:News Corp Australia
John Ibrahimâs girlfriend Sarah Budge was charged with possession of a pistol. Picture: Richard DobsonSource:News Corp Australia
AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the extraditions would not have been possible without extensive co-operation from a number of different agencies.
âThese operations have truly demonstrated the reach of Australian law enforcement around the world,â he said.Source: Google News