Former bikie boss Hassan “Sam” Ibrahim has been handed over to federal authorities in preparation for his deportation to Lebanon, after he was paroled from a nine-year jail term in NSW for a firearm offence.
The brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, Sam Ibrahim had spent more than five years behind bars for conspiring to supply guns before he was granted parole in September.
He was was arrested in 2014 with his sister, her partner, and former Rose Tattoo drummer Paul DeMarco, after raids in Sydney and the Illawarra uncovered an M1 military-grade assault rifle, a standard rifle, three pistols, two shotguns and 11 handguns.
In 2015, the Department of Home Affairs cancelled his visa under character grounds due to his extensive criminal history, clearing to way for him to be deported upon his release from prison.
Lebanon-born Ibrahim has lived in Australia since he was four, and has children to an Australian wife.
Ibrahim was handed over to Australian Border Force officials around 11am on Thursday.
NSW Police State Crime Commander Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said Ibrahim’s departure sent a clear message that organised crime will not be tolerate.
“Today, a person who for many years has conducted criminal activity with little regard for devastation he has left in his wake, has departed NSW never to return and we hope the community can find solace in that,” he said in a statement.
The ABF says it “takes seriously its responsibility to protect the Australian community from the risk of harm posed by foreign nationals who engage in criminal conduct or behaviour of concern”.
“Foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa will be liable for detention and removal from Australia, pending resolution of any ongoing matters with the courts,” it told AAP.