Alleged Alameddine gang member and rapper Ali Younes, Ay Huncho, arrested in Parramatta
How a single Instagram photo led to a prominent rapper being arrested for violating his bail – with a devilish emoji reportedly not going to save him
- Alleged Alameddine member and rapper Ali Younes was arrested for the third time
- Police claimed he violated his bail conditions after finding a photo on his Instagram
- The photo showed Younes with a man whose face was hidden by a devil emoji
- NSW detectives claimed the hidden man was also a gang associate of Alameddine
- Younes was released after lawyer claimed the man could not be identified in the photo
An alleged Alameddine gang member and rapper has been arrested after he allegedly hid the face of a man he wasn’t allowed to see with an evil emoji in a photo shared on Instagram.
Ali Younes, 25, also known as Ay Huncho, was arrested early Friday morning at a house in Sydney’s Parramatta, western Sydney, for allegedly violating his bail conditions.
Detectives found the May 20 photo on Younes’ Instagram that they claim is associated with an organized crime figure.
Alleged Alameddine gang member and rapper Ali Younes (above), who also goes by the name Ay Huncho, was released after allegedly violating his bail conditions for the second time
Younes was arrested Friday after detectives found a photo (above) on his May 20 Instagram that would show him with another crime operative, whose face is obscured by a devil emoji (left)
The Instagram post features Younes with nine other men, including one whose face is hidden by a purple devil-faced emoji.
He captioned the photo: ‘Home of the not so brave. I made a video here for the last two hours. Where are you?’
Police alleged that Younes violated the terms of his bail by being with the alleged gang member and arrested him at 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Later that day, he was confronted by the local Parramatta court, where his lawyer Abdul Saddik successfully argued that the identity of the hidden man could not be proven. The Daily Telegraph reported.
Younes was again released on bail by the magistrate.
It was the third time he had been released on bail since he was charged with a series of offenses last year.
Younes is currently out on bail on charges of debauchery, reckless inflicting grievous bodily harm in company and assault with intent to participate in the activities of a criminal group after an alleged altercation during a boxing match in November.
Younes (above) was released on bail on February 22 with $50,000 bail after an alleged brawl at a boxing event last November.
He was one of four alleged Alameddine gang operatives who attacked police during a crackdown on the crime gang’s network late last year.
Police allege that Younes is a high-ranking member of the Alameddine gang, which has been involved in seven murders in 18 months.
Younes surrendered to police in December and was released on bail on February 22 with $50,000 bail.
He was charged with violating his bail conditions just 48 hours after his release after police claimed they found him in the car of an Alameddine employee who had been subjected to a random breath test.
He was again released on bail after his lawyer, Mr Saddik, alleged that the man accompanying Younes was not a member of the Alameddines.
Younes had to appear in court on Friday.
The Hip Hop Show on ABC’s youth radio station Triple J was recently slammed after it played Younes’ latest song Most Wanted and promoted it on its Instagram page.
His song featured an intro with media coverage of the rapper, followed by the song’s Most Wanted title. Lyrics in the song compare gangland struggle with the war in Ukraine.
At the time, the rapper posted a shout out to Triple J “for standing up for the culture at all costs” on his Instagram story.