AN INFORMANT who evaded
prosecution for his role in the sale of
stolen army rocket launchers that were
acquired by a Sydney terrorist cell has been
The man, a
former member of the Rebels motorcycle gang,
turned whistleblower for counter-terrorism
police investigating the theft and sale of
10 rocket launchers stolen from the
Holsworthy army base in 2001.
arrested this month by drug squad police
investigating amphetamine supply - living in
a new Sydney estate incorporating a private
golf course. Police seized a Lamborghini
from his garage in the raid.
The man was
given the code name Harrington and indemnity
from prosecution for giving evidence in the
trial of former army captain Shane Della-Vedova,
who used Harrington as a go-between to sell
the rocket launchers. Harrington passed on
at least seven of the launchers to
south-western Sydney illegal gun dealer Taha
Abdul-Rahman, who became the middle man in
selling two of the launchers to Adnan
''Eddie'' Darwiche for use in his feud with
a rival drug gang.
serving a triple life sentence for murder,
on-sold five other launchers to members of a
Lakemba terrorist cell, all of whom have
since been convicted despite only one of the
launchers ever being found.
off scot free. Abdul-Rahman received a 2½