BIKIES INFILTRATE POLICE – Wednesday March 27 2013

– Victoria Police has been infiltrated by two of Australia’s leading outlaw bikies – Comanchero president and convicted drug trafficker Amad Malkoun and Toby Mitchell, the Bandidos boss at the centre of the state’s bikie war.
The long-standing cultivation of police by high-ranking bikies and their associates has compromised the safety of undercover officers and informers and jeopardised investigations, including two major probes into Malkoun.
In a development with parallels to the links between gangland figures and corrupt police during Melbourne’s underworld war, separate investigations by several agencies have uncovered at least a dozen police who are suspected of having inappropriate links to bikies.
Fairfax Media can reveal that Mitchell, the Bandidos sergeant-at-arms and a suspected crime figure, has cultivated a relationship with a Victorian Police officer, communicating with him dozens of times in the past two years in an apparent breach of the force’s criminal associations policy.
It is understood the officer has also been accused of withholding information from police about who was behind the attempted 2011 underworld hit on Mitchell, which sparked the bikie war. The policeman also advised Mitchell to avoid police attention and discussed the use and sale of illegal steroids with him.
The police officer, whom Fairfax Media is not naming for legal reasons, was recently suspended from the force and charged in connection to allegations he bought illegal steroids from a Mitchell associate.
Confidential reports from several agencies reveal that Malkoun, who was convicted of trafficking $5.5 million worth of heroin in 1988, has escaped arrest for a decade due to his links to corrupt police.
Suspected police leaks to Malkoun or his crime syndicate have led to the compromising of two international drug trafficking investigations by federal policing agencies in 2011 and 2004.
Australian Federal Police internal reports from around 2004 describe Malkoun as a drug trafficker and standover man and warn that he has displayed a willingness to exploit friendships with persons who are in a position to assist him achieve his criminal endeavours [and that]…Malkoun actively continues to cultivate friendships with serving members of the Victoria Police.
Between 2010 and last year, malkoun continued to socialise with Victorian policemen, inviting up to three officers to his Crown casino wedding, and attended a christening with two officers at a Greek restaurant in central Melbourne. During this period his syndicate has accessed extraordinarily sensitive law enforcement information, including details suspected to have come from and secret and supposedly highly secure police list of Australian organised crime targets.
The multi-agency drug trafficking probe Operation Corsair was abandoned in February 2011 after Malkoun received a tip-off that he was on this list and being targeted by police. That tip-off mirrored the leak Malkoun received in 2004, when he was the subject of an AFP drugs operation codenamed Temper.
The leak that compromised Operation Corsair was captured by secret phone taps, which recorded a Malkoun associate and Bandidos senior member, Nick Zakharia, telling Malkoun that he and “three of our people” were on a list and that police were monitoring Malkoun’s movements in “full-on” manner. Zakharia is a key player in the ongoing bikie war and a major police organised crime target.
After receiving the tip-off, Malkoun immediately called Sydney Comanchero boss Zac Idik and told him that Malkoun’s phones were being tapped.
Investigations by the now disbanded Office of Police Integrity and other agencies identified several Victorian policemen associating with Malkoun or members of his criminal syndicate over several years. It is understood the OPI assessed that when Malkoun and Zakharia were speaking about the list they were referring to a document of organised crime targets prepared by Victoria Police and shared with federal and state counterparts. However, senior Victorian police maintain this was never proven.
An AFP report from around 2004 states that members of Malkoun’s syndicate are aware of police surveillance techniques, having identified surveillance members and employing anti-surveillance techniques.
One of Malkoun’s closest associates in the police force was recently resigned Sergeant Richard Gelemanovic, who flew to the Spanish city of Barcelona with Malkoun in 2004 when he was the target of Operation Temper.
More recently, Mr Gelemanovic attended Malkoun’s wedding and has had regular contact with him. Property and other records show that Mr Gelemanovic has had close associations with other figures with underworld links, including Zakharia and a kickboxing promoter who invested in an Edithvale property with the policeman.
Malkoun is a multimillionaire with extensive business interests, including large shareholdings in Australian and overseas private and publicly listed companies.
The Comancheros own tattoo parlours, nightclubs and other licensed businesses across the state, often in defiance of regulations that require them to be owned by people of good character.
A police spokesman told Fairfax Media on Tuesday that Mr Gelemanovic had never declared his association with Malkoun as required by force policy and that the policeman resigned in November, citing ill health. He was under investigation at the time, having been suspended several months earlier on the basis that he was reasonably believed to have committed an offence punishable by imprisonment.
Other police charged over their links to bikies include Detective Andrew Tait, who has resigned from the force and was convicted and fined in May last year over allegations he leaked information to bikie figure Mick Manzaris.
Victoria Police has asked Fairfax Media to withhold details of another investigation into links between a serving officer and bikies because it is ongoing – Nick Mckenzie & Richard Baker


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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