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POLICE fear the violent
feud between the Chaouks and another
Lebanese family could escalate if
national bikie gangs become involved.
members of the Hells Angels attended
Machhour Chaouk's funeral in a show of
strength. Chaouk's son, Ali, is believed
to be a prospect with the gang.
and Hells Angel Christopher Wayne Hudson
placed a death notice in the Herald
Sun for Machhour Chaouk. Hudson was
sentenced to life with a 35-year minimum
for the murder of solicitor Brendan
Keilar, whom he shot dead in the CBD in
2007, and the wounding of two others.
Angels at the funeral of Macchour
Chaouk Photo: Wayne Taylor
enforcement intelligence experts have
been concerned over growing links
between Lebanese crime cells and bikies.
Some bikie gangs, once influenced by
white supremacists and espousing racist
views, now encourage ethnic membership.
Sydney police say two of the most
violent gangs, the Comancheros and
Notorious, have strong Lebanese
detectives say a recent increase in
bikie gangs and growing tension over
turf have led to recruitment drives.
investigator said some of the recruits
of Middle Eastern origin were seen as
valuable to the gangs as they often had
strong firearm and drug connections.
''It is all about guns and drugs,'' he
detectives are liaising with NSW and
Australian Federal Police officers over
the Chaouk murder. The family has strong
links to a group of violent criminals in
Machhour Chaouk's son Mohamed was shot
dead by police in 2005, there were
concerns Sydney associates would travel
to Melbourne seeking revenge.
police have met relatives and friends of
Machhour Chaouk to tell them to leave
the investigation to police.
Commissioner Sir Ken Jones said: ''I'm
here to warn them and advise them not to
take the law into their own hands.''
centres on a feud between the Chaouk and
Haddara families. Sir Ken confirmed
Ahmed Haddara was still a person of
interest in the investigation. Haddara
has been questioned and released by
homicide squad detectives.