informant inside the NSW Police Force has
leaked sensitive information about several
criminal investigations, risking the safety
of undercover police agents.
infiltration of state and federal drug
inquiries by the Comanchero bikie gang has
been described as one of the worst cases of
alleged corruption in the NSW Police in
suspect the leaked information includes
intelligence gathered by Australia's elite
crime fighting body, the Australian Crime
Commission, the NSW Crime Commission and the
officials suspect that the contents of more
than a dozen NSW police files were obtained
by the Comanchero, affecting up to eight
information obtained by the bikies
jeopardised the safety of undercover police
operatives because it triggered suspicion in
the gang about spying within its own ranks.
understood that after the leak was detected
about the middle of last year authorities
took urgent steps to protect the welfare of
an undercover police operative and to
identify the leaker.
Late last year
NSW Police anti-corruption investigators
charged the suspected informant, the police
analyst Terry Gregoriou, with stealing three
has worked as an unsworn police analyst for
several years, including in roles which gave
him access to information on organised crime
investigation by Fairfax and the ABC TV's
Four Corners into organised crime, to be
aired on Monday, reveals that the leaks
occurred during one of Australia's most
significant multi-agency criminal inquiries.
"In terms of
the actual value of the information being
leaked, I would rate it a five out of 10,''
said one senior policing source said. ''But
in terms of its ability to possibly expose
undercovers, it would be a nine out of 10."
enforcement sources said they suspected that
associates of the Comanchero actively
cultivated Mr Gregoriou to work for them
while he simultaneously worked for the
suspicion about Mr Gregoriou began growing
last year, law enforcement officials fed
into the NSW police database misinformation
about his associates to see if he would
access it, which he allegedly did.
operate in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and
some of the group's members are variously
involved in alleged organised crime
activity, including drug trafficking,
extortion and the nightclub industry.
in the law to show that a defendant has
profited from their conduct - which police
were unable to show in Mr Gregoriou's case -
means he faces only the less serious summary
offences of larceny and unlawfully
disclosing information as a public official.
It is alleged
he leaked information to his friend Peter
Vassily, who in turn leaked it to associates
of the Comanchero. Mr Vassily, 28, who faces
charges of receiving stolen goods and
possessing prohibited items, has long
associations with figures connected to
outlaw bikie groups.
owns a real-estate business, Deakin
Industrial Realty, in Arndell Park with
Hakan Tukel, who, with his brothers Fidel
and Baris, is linked to bikie gangs and
organised crime figures. Baris Tukel is an
associate of the Comanchero, and Fidel Tukel
is an associate of the Rebels.
ago Hakan Tukel posted a ''special message
to [NSW police anti-bikie squad] Raptor''
which says ''grow up or man up … dropping
lies and names is a no no … ".
Hakan Tukel are well known in boxing
circles, having a long involvement in
Blacktown Hit Squad gym. Fidel Tukel
promotes boxing events in Sydney and
It is not the
first time state anti-corruption police have
uncovered the infiltration by outlaw bikie
gangs of law enforcement agencies. In late
2008 Victorian police files that potentially
compromised state and federal drug
trafficking investigations were leaked to
the Black Uhlans.
is suspended with pay from the NSW Police.
He will appear in Downing Centre court on