A FORMER bikie president has been
jailed for 20 years for ordering a series of violent crimes
around Adelaide in an operation condemned by a judge as
tantamount to a lawless paramilitary gang.
Kurdistan immigrant Honar Pishdari,
26, was the South Australian head of the Nomads outlaw motorcycle
gang throughout 2014 and up to his arrest in May 2015.
Pishdari, who is now linked to the
Comancheros bikie gang within prison, used his role to order a
series of violent crimes on former colleagues and associates.
The first crime occurred when gang
members — including two of the most senior members — attempted to
kidnap a former colleague during daylight at an Elizabeth car park
in February 2015.
In the weeks leading up to the
incident, phone taps and police bugs caught Pishdari planning the
attack on the man who had sought protection in jail —
“reprehensible” gang conduct and a sign of weakness.
As the terrified victim tried to
escape his former colleagues, he ran into a nearby office and
screamed at witnesses “they are after me, they are going to kill
In the second incident, patched
members broke into an expelled former vice-president’s house and
ransacked it as they tried to take gang-branded clothing he refused
to return and retrieve a $60,000 debt.
SA Police say arrests have smashed
the Nomads bikie gang
During the home invasion, they discovered
a partially completed SA Police application form, leaving them enraged. They
had to get another car to steal all of the contents including electronic
items, clothing and alcohol.
A few days later, gang members — most of
whom have significant criminal histories — kidnapped a former colleague and
drove him around Adelaide after blackmailing him for $5000.
He eventually escaped after messaging
friends urging them to contact police. All victims and witnesses in the case
cannot be named for legal reasons.
Pishdari, who came to Australia aged six,
smirked from the dock as he was jailed for 20 years on Monday after being
convicted by three separate Supreme Court juries.
He must serve at least 16 years behind
bars on charges of participating in a criminal organisation, aggravated
blackmail and kidnapping.
In sentencing, Justice David Peek
condemned the bikies’ disregard for the law, condemning their “outrageous”
actions as “tantamount to operating a paramilitary organisation”.
“This simply cannot be tolerated,” he
said, adding that such “openly contemptuous” actions against the law must be
severely dealt with by the courts.
Also sentenced on Monday was Nomads
“sergeant at arms” Nathan Mackay, 39, who imposed order inside the gang. He
was convicted of the same offences after the trials.
He was jailed for five years, nine months
and 20 days with a non-parole period of four years and five months for his
role in the kidnapping and blackmail attempt. He now must also serve a
two-year drugs trafficking suspended sentence.
One of the Nomads is arrested by
Other gang members, all from the northern
suburbs, were jailed for between seven and a half years and almost three
years for similar offences, including Luke Johnston, 28, Darren Mitchell,
43, Paul Reynolds, 52 and Shannon Roberts, 41. Another associate, Jason
Fraser, 33, of Andrews Farm, was given a two-year jail term on home
It was a landmark prosecution in which
several cases were “fast-tracked” through the court system.
The trials heard detailed evidence about
the internal workings of the gangs, their hierarchical systems and codes of
silence that are violently enforced.