Deported: Crime blitz sees record
number of foreign crooks booted
KEITH MOOR, Insight Editor, Herald Sun
AN unprecedented blitz on
foreign-born criminals has seen more than 2800 ordered to
leave the country.
It involves state and federal
police working with intelligence agencies and Department of
Immigration and Border Protection officers, with no plans to
stop the crackdown.
The co-ordinated effort is
being driven by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s
determination to rid the nation of as many criminals as
possible who are not Australian citizens.
Figures reveal the 2847
killers, crooks and creeps ordered out of Australia since
December 2014 include:
convicted of assaults, grievous bodily harm and other crimes of
traffickers and dealers;
creeps convicted of paedophile offences and possession of child
convicted of rape and other sex offences against adults;
and 21 people convicted of manslaughter;
whose visas were cancelled on national security or organised
charged with white collar and other crimes.
Outlaw motorcycle clubs are also being severely disrupted as the zero
tolerance police and intelligence agency blitz targets gang officer
holders, with 147 senior bikies having had their visas cancelled in the
past three years.
“We aren’t asking much — just that
visitors to our country don’t kill, rape or rob Australians during their
stay,” Mr Dutton told the Herald Sun yesterday.
“If they do they’re out. Let the civil
libertarians argue against that.
“I have no doubt that by deporting
convicted paedophiles we are saving children from being future victims.
The same goes for rapists and drug dealers.
“Criminal motorcycle gang members
don’t have jobs or pay taxes — they sell drugs, run prostitutes, steal,
extort and kill.
“Why would we want them living among
law abiding decent people?”
Under changes to migration laws in
December 2014, Mr Dutton now has greater powers to cancel the visas of
foreign born people who fail to meet minimum character standards, or who
have been convicted of an offence involving a jail term of more than 12
Being a member or associate of an organisation reasonably suspected of
being involved in crime is sufficient for Mr Dutton to cancel a visa for
failure to meet character standards — and bikie gangs certainly fall
into that category.
Not all 2847 foreign-born criminals
ordered out of Australia have left yet as many have lodged appeals
against their deportation orders.
Former Tasmanian Rebels bike gang
leader Aaron Graham is one of those. He has appealed to the High Court
against Mr Dutton’s decision to kick him out of the country, claiming it
was “unconstitutional” to do so and the court has reserved its decision
on the case.
Victorian sex creep taxi driver
Jagdeep Singh, 34, is one of the thousands of criminals Mr Dutton has
successfully kicked out of Australia.
He did so last month after Singh
admitted indecently assaulting a female passenger.
BIKIESDEPARTING DAWSON HAILS MOVES TO BUST
BIKIE club buster Chris Dawson’s
tactic of singling out gang office holders is crippling what are some of
Australia’s most prolific organised crime syndicates.
The former Australian Criminal
Intelligence Commission boss said the tactic of singling out bikie gang
officer holders has been incredibly effective at crippling what are some
of Australia’s most prolific organised crime syndicates.
Mr Dawson this month left his job
as the boss of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to take
on the role of commissioner of police in Western Australia.
In an interview with the Herald
Sun to mark the end of his stint at the ACIC, Mr Dawson also
revealed the ACIC has:
leading role in the apprehension of some of the world’s biggest money
launderers — including Pakistani national Altaf Khanani, who funnelled
billions of dollars for terrorists, drug traffickers and criminal
valuable national security intelligence by using its coercive secret
examinations to grill more than 80 terrorists and their associates;
disturbing evidence of serious organised crime figures funding and
having close relationships with terrorist organisations;
a comprehensive dossier of who’s who in the Calabrian mafia in Australia
and has been instrumental in the arrest of mafia figure Bruno Crisafi,
who fled to Perth to escape charges in Italy;
IDENTIFIED 245 new
organised crime targets that were previously unknown to police in just
the past three years.
381 previously unknown money-laundering entities since 2013; and
with partner agencies to seize more than $890 million in drugs and $11.2
million in cash during the past year.
Mr Dawson revealed Australian bikie
gangs are increasingly establishing chapters overseas to give them
better access to drugs and other illicit goods.
While the number of bikie gangs and
members in Australia fluctuates, he said the ACIC was aware of 38
different bikie gangs with more than 4700 fully patched members and
about 2800 associates.
“It is a fact that a number of
these have established chapters offshore, some in the Pacific Islands,
some in Thailand and other Asian countries as well as in Europe,” Mr
“We also have historic linkages
between USA-based bikie groups.”
Mr Dawson said while some bikies
established offshore chapters to increase their capacity to deal drugs
and commit other crimes, some had left Australia to try to avoid
“attention and apprehension” by Australian authorities.
“That’s not always successful on
their part because we have been able to disrupt a number of them,” he
“A good such example is Alex Vella,
who was then president of the Rebels,” he said.
“The effect of his immigration
status being revoked in 2014, given that he’s a Maltese citizen, has
been extremely effective in disrupting the Rebels.
“They have been very fractured as a
criminal entity as a consequence of this disruption.
“That strategy has also been
effective across a range of senior office holders in other outlaw
motorcycle gangs, be they the Mongols, Bandidos, Hells Angels and
“Together with the Department of
Immigration and Border Protection, we have been working very closely
with state police to intentionally target those senior office holders,
such as sergeant at arms, treasurers and presidents, that aren’t
“Every criminal in Australia that
does not hold Australian citizenship is on absolute notice.
“The Immigration Minister, Peter
Dutton, has made it abundantly clear, and certainly the Minister for
Justice, my minister, Michael Keenan, has been extremely supportive to
Immigration Minister Dutton about this strategy in targeting any
criminal, of whatever persuasion.
“If they do not hold Australian
citizenship then they are under clear notice and that’s a tactic the
ACIC strongly supports.”
Another senior Rebels bikie gang
member, British-born Danny Mousley, 57, this month became one of the
latest victims of the ongoing blitz on foreign-born bikies.
Mousley’s visa was cancelled on the
grounds of his links with the Geelong chapter of the Rebels.
Mr Dawson said during his three
years as head of the Australian Crime Commission, and the ACIC, the body
that replaced the ACC, there had been a dramatic and disturbing rise in
the number of organisations set up specifically to launder money.
These organisations make money by
moving money — and they are not fussy about who they move it for.
They disguise, hide and move the
illicit profits of criminal groups as well as terrorist organisations.
Mr Dawson said the ACIC had
discovered links between Australian serious and organised crime groups
and the funding of terrorist organisations.
“Over the period I have been CEO
the ACIC has conducted in the order of 80 coercive secret examinations
of terrorists and their associates,” he said.
“We ordinarily will do these in
conjunction with other partner agencies, such as ASIO, the AFP and state
“Our objective is to discover and
understand any new emerging threats.
“It is very clear from our
intelligence that there is a nexus between serious and organised crime
and terrorist organisations.
“The ACIC has been instrumental in
the apprehension of some of the world’s largest money launderers who had
very strong relationships with terrorist organisations, particularly
those in and around the Middle East.
“That’s a very important
contribution that the ACIC has had in both better understanding and
building a very comprehensive intelligence picture of relationships
between serious organised crime and terrorist groups.”
Working with law enforcement
partners in Australia and overseas, the ACIC played a critical
leadership role in helping to uncover and disrupt the Khanani money
It identified Pakistani national
Altaf Khanani as a financial controller who was moving money offshore
for organised crime networks operating in Australia.
Khanani’s clients included Chinese,
Colombian and Mexican organised crime groups as well as terror
organisations Hezbollah, the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
He was facilitating illicit money
movements between Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, United States,
United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and other countries.
Khanani was arrested in Panama in
The US acting under secretary for
terrorism and financial intelligence, Adam Szubin, later revealed
Khanani’s money laundering organisation had exploited relationships with
financial institutions to “funnel billions of dollars across the globe
on behalf of terrorists, drug traffickers and criminal organisations”.
Mr Dawson said during his time at
the ACC and ACIC his staff had worked hard with state and federal police
to establish a database on who was who in the Calabrian mafia in
Australia, with intelligence dossiers created on members.
He said the project had not only given the agency a better understanding
of the Italian organised crime gang’s presence and activities in
Australia, but had also led to arrests.
“They include the charges brought
against the Perre family,” Mr Dawson said.
“A number of those senior family
figures have been charged in respect of illicit drugs in South
“In regard to other mafia figures,
the ACIC has also had involvement, and provided key intelligence,
regarding mafia member Bruno Crisafi.
“This fellow was subject to an
Interpol red notice for international cocaine trafficking.
“As a result of the ACIC’s work we
were able to notify authorities, via the AFP international network, and
he was apprehended by Italian authorities on his return to Rome on June
“The Calabrian mafia, and its role
in the Australian market, is one of a number of different target groups
that the ACIC, with our partner agencies, continues to target.”
Crisafi fled from Italy to Perth in
2015 to avoid mafia and drug related charges. He was sentenced in his
absence to 20 years in jail.
Domenic Perre, 60, was one of the
Perre family members picked up by police earlier this year over drug and
His arrest in June this year
followed the arrests of his brother Francesco Perre, 56, who has since
pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges, his sister-in-law Rita
Perre, 52, and nephew Antonio Perre, 26, over an alleged drug crop in
SA’s Riverland area.