|Founding location||Sydney, Australia|
|Rivals||Bronx boys, Lebanese Gangs|
Dlasthr (The Last Hour) is an Assyrian criminal gang active in the south western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Members wear a distinctive clenched fist tattoo across their backs together with the letters AK (standing for Assyrian Kings).
In early 2012, police Strikeforce 'Evesson' was set up to deal with Assyrian crime gangs in Southwest Sydney. It was described as "... a unique and massive intelligence gathering operation done by police at a local level.” By early 2014 the gang has been largely dismantled by police raids.
One of Dlasthr's founders, Raphael Joseph, disappeared in March 2014 and is presumed to have been murdered.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Rocks double murder
- 3 Babylon Cafe, murder of Khananyah
- 4 Youmaran narrowly escapes police
- 5 Gangs continuing activity
- 6 Murder of Audisho
- 7 Shooting of Jenzarli
- 8 Arrest of Raymon Youmaran
- 9 Raphael Joseph arrested in US
- 10 Raids against the gang 2013
- 11 References
- 12 External links
In December 2002 Dimitri Debaz was shot and killed at a strip club in the suburb of Sefton. Raymon Youmaran became the primary suspect for police and disappeared soon after as well as another suspect, Raphael Joseph, who went by the nickname of "Hasoni". The NSW Police submission describes how Joseph, Youmaran and three other men arrived at the Sefton Hotel about 12.25 am where Debaz was celebrating his brother Aleck's birthday with about 15 to 20 friends.
"Within a matter of seconds after entering the hotel a fight between Joseph, his co-offenders and Dimitri and Aleck Debaz and their party (has) erupted," they alleged.
Police alleged that the pub's CCTV footage showed Joseph and three accomplices running to their car, with Joseph and Youmaran each grabbing a 9mm handgun before fatally shooting Debaz who was standing near the hotel's door. Three more shots were fired, execution-style, into the victim's back before the gunmen fled.
Sandro Mirad, the driver of Youmaran and Josephs get away car was charged and pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to Debaz's murder. Mirad received a two and a half year sentence with one and a half year non custodial sentence. As the years followed the gang expanded in numbers and operations. Raymon was still in hiding.
Rocks double murder
About 1:10am on 16 April 2005, Naser Ghaderi and Keyvan Ghajaloo were killed in a drive-by shooting on Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney. Reports state that as Ghaderi and Ghajaloo were standing by a car a BMW and a Volkswagen stopped next to them. The driver of the BMW was reported to have said, "Are you the Persians from the party?" Following this conversation a hail of bullets from two guns were fired killing Ghaderi and Ghajaloo. Reports also state this was payback from an altercation Ghaderi had two weeks prior at a Persian event as he was the leader of a group against a different group of middle eastern males. During the coroner’s inquest into the murders, Ahmed Alfadly a founding member of Dlasthr, was named as the opponent Ghaderi had during the altercation at the Persian event 2 weeks prior. Raymon Youmaran and Danny Hurmz, were also identified as possible participants in the killings. Alfadly left Australia for Kuwait five days after the shootings and has never returned. No one has been charged for the shootings.
Babylon Cafe, murder of Khananyah
In November 2005 the Babylon Cafe in Fairfield, New South Wales was sprayed with bullets, killing bystander Raymond Khananyah, 29, and wounding three others. Three gunmen in balaclavas, armed with semi-automatic pistols got out of a black car and fired up to 17 shots into the cafe. It was believed the incident was a case of mistaken identity. The car in the shooting was found later and arrests were made, but Youmaran still remained at large. In 2011 there was a coroners inquest into the Babylon Cafe shooting revealed in the days before the murder there was a previous shooting and a fight where a firearm was produced. Counsel Assisting the Coroner Peter McGrath said police believed with shooting was the work of members of local drug gang Dlasthr. McGrath named five men as persons of interest in Khananyah's death, including Dlasthr leader Ramon Youmaran, Steven David, Danny Hurmz, Samer Marcus and Michael Odisho.
Youmaran narrowly escapes police
On 14 February 2006, Youmaran was spotted by police at a house in Woodcroft, Sydney, which police had staked out. Youmaran got into the front passenger seat of a green Mercedes at about 6:15pm. Police tailed the Mercedes at speeds of up to 200 km/h across the M2 and M7 motorways, but the pursuit was called off due to safety concerns. Police made no arrests there but they seized approximately 18,000 ecstasy and methamphetamine tablets with a street value of about $720,000, as well as firearms, including an M16 assault rifle. The following day, a 24-year-old man believed to be involved in the pursuit was arrested and taken to Green Valley Police Station for questioning. Shortly after 3pm, detectives seized the Mercedes involved in the pursuit from a home in Cecil Hills. They performed forensic tests on the vehicle.
Gangs continuing activity
On 25 March 2006 Adam Saliba from Bonnyrigg Heights, who was linked to Dlasthr was the victim of a shooting when he was shot in the stomach whilst out the front of the Roxy Night Club Parramatta by Farhad Quami (who also uses the alias Kuami), 23 years of age from South Granville. Quami was extradited from Perth and charged with attempting to murder Saliba as well as the murder of boxer and standover man, Bassam Chami, 26, and a drug dealer Ibrahim Assaad, 25, at South Granville on March 29, four days after the Roxy nightclub shooting.
In April 2006 Samer Marcus, 30, from West Hoxton, could hold the key to solving the October 31 murder of Khananyah, police alleged. Marcus appeared in Liverpool Court charged over an unrelated extortion in which a man was allegedly threatened for his $45,000 car. Strike Force Gain police, who have accused Marcus of being an active member of Dlasthr, arrested him and charged him with robbery and demand money in company with menace. They allege he may have information about the Babylon Cafe murder. The court was told Marcus had a tattoo of a clenched fist across his back, which police allege indicates his membership of dlasthr. Marcus’ solicitor Glenn Walters denied his client was a member of the gang and said the tattoo police claimed Marcus had offered no proof of membership. Police received correspondence from Marcus stating he has no knowledge about the Babylon Cafe murder.
Murder of Audisho
On 9 April 2006, 21 year old Ashoor Audisho was gunned down in Hamilton Road, Fairfield West. After being confronted by three men, he was shot 3 times in the back. He later died at Liverpool Hospital. Witnesses reported "seeing the three men argue with the victim and then heard shots fired". Those three men then left the vicinity in a black Jeep Cherokee. The murder was linked to Youmaran and Dlasthr. Later that year, three men were arrested and were refused bail. Dilan Shaba, Steven David and Linard Shamouil were charged with Audisho's murder.
Shooting of Jenzarli
On Monday, 29 May 2006, Sahir Marcus, 29 years old, from West Hoxton, and Adam Saliba, 19 years of age, from Bonnyrigg Heights, were arrested and charged with shooting with intent to murder Fayez Jenzarli, 26 years of age. Jenzarli was shot in the back of the leg at 9.00pm outside his home in Eccles Place, Prairiewood. Other men arrested in a drug sting were Steven David, 21 years of age, of Hinchinbrook and Allan Dennis Pena, 33 years of age, of Mount Pritchard, who were also charged with supplying 3,000 methylamphetamine tablets.
Arrest of Raymon Youmaran
In June 2006 Ramon Youmaran was arrested at Mount Prichard, following a series of police raids on homes in Sydney's western suburbs. He had been in hiding for four years. Police seized 3000 illegal methamphetamine tablets, with a street value of $1.2 million. Seven other high ranking gang members were also arrested.
Raphael Joseph arrested in US
Raphael Joseph (also known as Hassoni) was arrested in San Diego in October 2006. When US authorities examined Joseph's fingerprints and checked with Interpol it was revealed he was wanted on suspicion of murder in Australia, and was one of the most wanted men in New South Wales. Raphael Joseph arrest came after the American Drug Enforcement Administration tipped off ICE that he could be an illegal immigrant.
Joseph had told agents he had been smuggled from Iraq to Mexico and from Mexico to the American border. He had also asked American authorities to deport him back to his country of birth, Iraq. Joseph was extradited from the US in February 2008 after fighting to stay there for more than a year. In March 2008 he faced court in Sydney and was charged with the murder of Dimitri Debaz. However the charges were later dropped after Joseph had been imprisoned for nearly 18 months.
Raids against the gang 2013
On 24 September 2013, Sydney Police said that they have "severely disrupted a large criminal group" after 15 people were arrested in raids targeting the Assyrian crime gang Dlasthr (The Last Hour). More than 300 heavily armed police took part in 22 raids across the city's south west in the operation against the gang, which is also known as the Assyrian Kings.
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