Bikie boss Tarek Zahed will remain behind bars on remand


Bikie kingpin Tarek Zahed will remain behind bars in remand after he was dramatically arrested and charged with murder while his head was still bandaged.

He was due to appear in Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday after being charged with murder and kidnapping in company with intent to commit a serious criminal act.

Mr Zahed was dramatically arrested at gunpoint during a vehicle stop on New South Head Rd in Edgecliff in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last month.

Police allege heavyweight Comanchero was responsible for the 2014 gang killing of 29-year-old Youssef Assoum, who was found bleeding in Bankstown.

He was shot in the thigh and stabbed in the head when a doctor found him and took him to Liverpool Hospital, where he later died.

Mr Zahed was due to apply for release on Wednesday, but lawyer Mostafa Daoudie told the court that would not proceed.

Mr Daoudie said he was still waiting for “exceptional medical equipment” on which Mr Zahed would rely in his request.

He asked if it could take place on Tuesday September 13, but Magistrate Robert Williams was unimpressed by the delay.

“Short answer…no…why?” When someone asks to be reinstated, court staff have to come downstairs, pull out a whole bunch of papers just to say we’re not ready,” Mr Williams said.

“I understand but why not put your ducks online before asking for it to be relisted?”

Despite the magistrate’s refusal, he adjourned the case.

Mr Daoudie has signaled that he will apply for bail next week, with Mr Zahed due in court on September 14.

Prior to the August 28 public arrest, police allegedly fired beanbag bullets at a black BMW Mr Zahed was traveling in near Edgecliff station.

Footage of the incident shows damage to the car’s windows from multiple shots.

In footage released by police, Mr Zahed sits on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back and his head wrapped in bandages after the recent assassination attempt.

Heavyweight Comanchero has been arrested and charged.

At the time of the arrest, Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said it was the culmination of a years-long investigation into the 2014 gang killing.

Superintendent Doherty said the arrest was considered “high risk” because of Mr Zahed’s “caliber”.

Mr Zahed is said to have “lived life in Melbourne” before his arrest.

Police have been alerted that he will be attending a reception in Sydney as part of the mandatory reporting procedures of his Serious Crime Prevention Order.

No weapon was found during the arrest.

Mr. Zahed’s brother, Abdul, has since been charged in Bathurst over the same matter.

The younger brother was charged on Tuesday with murder and kidnapping in company, with intent to commit a serious indictable offense of causing actual bodily harm.

He was already in pre-trial detention on unrelated charges.

Besides the Zahed brothers, a third man was also charged last week in Mr Assoum’s death.

The third man remains in court for being an afterthought accessory to murder, linked to his alleged efforts to try to destroy Mr Assoum’s vehicle in Lansdowne, south-west Sydney, by arson after his death .

Mr Zahed’s dramatic arrest came just months after he sensationally survived an assassination attempt that killed his brother Omar.

On May 10, Mr Zahed was shot 10 times while he and Omar were at the Bodyfit gym in Auburn, Sydney’s west.

Omar, 39, died after being shot several times in the arms, stomach and legs, but Mr Zahed was taken to Westmead Hospital in critical condition.

He is still recovering from the deadly attack.

Prior to the shooting, police had warned Mr. Zahed that his life was in danger.

He only resurfaced in public last week in a photo on social media shared by the national president of the Comanchero gang.

“Welcome tarek ‘hard2kill’ zahed,” the caption read.

Originally published as Bikie boss Tarek Zahed will remain behind bars on remand after dramatic arrest


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