Comanchero bikie gang boss Jay Malkoun has put a $1.9
million-plus price tag on his Docklands penthouse apartment.
COMANCHERO bikie gang boss Jay Malkoun has put
his Docklands penthouse apartment on the market and has set up a new
Malkoun - who police believe declared earnings of only
$30,000 for the 2011-12 financial year - has put a $1.9 million-plus price
tag on the property, which is located off Flinders St.
The convicted heroin trafficker left Australia several
weeks ago, handing over the Victorian presidency of the gang to his
right-hand man, Mick Murray.
Police are aware that Malkoun - who served 10 years in
jail for trafficking - has left Australia with his family for an extended
stay overseas. He is believed to be in Dubai.
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Malkoun's palatial four-bedroom penthouse at Flinders
Wharf is beside Victoria Police headquarters.
It was initially listed as a rental property before being
put up for sale.
It offers sweeping views of the city skyline, the Yarra
and Southbank, and a 600 square metre terrace for entertaining, which even
includes a children's sprint track.
Malkoun does business internationally and drives a
Maserati, despite his declared low income. Victoria Police has sought
greater co-operation from the Australian Tax Office, but sources say they
are often stonewalled.
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He formerly ran a company called Nitro Security, and
police taskforce Echo is investigating his security industry ties.
Malkoun has been linked with CBD strip club Spearmint
Rhino, though he has no official links to the business, and has several
shelf companies in his name.
A 2010 police investigation into Malkoun's activities
disintegrated after he was made aware of it. It is believed he may have been
tipped off by corrupt police.
Associates of Malkoun, including a pilot, were questioned.
Several Comanchero bikies have found themselves thrown out
of the gang after falling foul of the law, including over a large drug
trafficking operation that allegedly involved an office bearer of the club.
Malkoun, who is a friend of Mick Gatto, was once
threatened by an underworld figure, currently facing charges.
The man placed a bullet on Spearmint Rhino's bar and told
a staffer to tell Malkoun it was for him.
It is believed Malkoun remains a member of the Comancheros,
but has taken the enforcer rank of sergeant-at-arms even though he is
He came to power suddenly three years ago.
It is understood that the then incumbent club president
stood down after becoming ill.
An incident in which a Bandido bashed a Comanchero in
Clarendon St, South Melbourne, which was not met with any retaliation, also
contributed to ructions within the club.
Malkoun has left the country as Melbourne has become
embroiled in heightened tensions between bikie gangs, particularly between
the Hells Angels and Bandidos.
There have been no shooting deaths involving bikies in
Melbourne since 2008, but there have been growing tensions between clubs.
"No-go" areas have been established.
The Bandidos have been weakened by two senior members
handing in their colours.
Last week a bomb was exploded outside the Bandidos'
clubhouse in Dandenong, shortly after the fortified premises was sprayed
There are suspicions the Hells Angels were behind it.
An Angels' feeder club, the Red Devils, have been growing
and there are fears of problems with established groups.
In recent months the Rebels attempted to open a clubhouse
in Port Melbourne, only for the Finks to shut it down.