Mahmoud Abbas shooting: Potential motive for which Sydney lawyer was shot outside his Greenacre home revealed
The shooting of a top criminal lawyer last month could be linked to the same underworld figures who kidnapped him and shaved his head in 2019.
New South Wales police say they have found a possible motive in the alleged attempted murder of gang lawyer Mahmoud Abbas who was shot dead outside his home in Greenacre, in the southwest of the city, on 26 July.
They allege evidence found on Mr Abbas’ electronic devices links his recent shooting to his 2019 kidnapping.
Last month, the Saturday Telegraph revealed that Mr Abbas had been abducted, badly beaten and shaved his head and eyebrows as a ‘warning’ from gang figures.
It is understood officials took photos of Mr Abbas’ shaved head and shared them with underworld circles after the attack.
Police believe the killing of criminal lawyer Mahmoud Abbas (above) is linked to his kidnapping and assault in 2019
Mr Abbas was shot dead outside his Greenacre home on July 26 (pictured, paramedics treating Mr Abbas after the attack)
The police are aware of the incident despite the fact that Mr. Abbas has not made an official report.
Detectives only had access to Mr Abbas’ laptop and phone for a short time before the lawyer won a legal challenge to have them returned.
He told the Supreme Court earlier this week that he needed the devices for his business because they contained sensitive customer information.
However, officers said they were able to link the two attacks by analyzing the devices during this time.
“In June 2019, Mr. Abbas was abducted by a person or persons unknown to the police,” police wrote in court documents. Saturday Telegraph reports.
“During the abduction, Mr. Abbas was violently attacked and his eyebrows and head were shaved off as a ‘warning’.
“Following the abduction, Mr. Abbas refused to provide the police with any statement or information to further the investigation into potential suspects or motives for the crime.
“Based on the information received so far, the police are assuming that the abduction and the shooting are linked, due to Mr. Abbas’ lack of assistance in the NSWPF investigations and the alleged involvement of parties similar.”
Detectives believe Mr Abbas’ clients may know who was behind the kidnapping and shooting.
Mr Abbas has had three surgeries and a kidney removed since the shooting last month (pictured, Mr Abbas’ home in Greenacre)
Mr. Abbas suffered serious injuries in the shooting, but is expected to make a full recovery.
He underwent three surgeries and had a kidney removed after a bullet passed through him. Another bullet narrowly missed Mr. Abbas’ kneecap.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that Mr Abbas has any links to criminal activity or wrongdoing.