A prominent criminal lawyer was allegedly kidnapped as a “warning” just a year before he was shot outside a Sydney home last week.
Mahmoud Abbas, who survived a shooting attack outside a house in Greenacre on Wednesday, was allegedly kidnapped and had his head and eyebrows shaved off in a menacing show of force as part of Sydney’s burgeoning 2022 gang war.
Whoever organized and carried out the kidnapping allegedly took an after-shave photo of Mr. Abbas, which was later circulated among criminal circles. according to the Saturday Telegraph.
Abbas is not accused of any crime and there are no indications that he has links to criminal activities.
The well-known lawyer is now recovering in hospital after undergoing three surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Mahmoud Abbas (pictured), who was shot on Wednesday, was allegedly kidnapped and had his head and eyebrows shaved off as a “warning” last year.
Whoever organized and carried out the kidnapping allegedly took an after-shave photo of Abbas, which was later circulated among criminal circles, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Abbas is expected to make a full recovery after being shot several times, one narrowly missing his kneecap and the other piercing his kidney.
Surgeons needed to remove one of Abbas’s kidneys after the shooting.
Another bullet went through his leg, narrowly missing his kneecap.
Abbas is one of many who have been targeted in the gang war that has ripped through the city since 2020.
Ferenc David Stemler, 28, who was a member of the Ahmad organized crime ring, was fatally shot this week by another unknown assailant at 2am Thursday.
Stemler, who was a drug importer, had spent time in jail along with the family’s leader and enforcer, Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad.
The now-deceased gangster was due to face court on drug possession charges in the coming days and pleaded not guilty.
Stemler’s ties to the drug supply and the July 7 shooting are now a major focus of the investigation.
Detectives suspect Stemler had ties to the shooting at Adel’s Salon in Marrickville, where brothers William Siale, 33, and Etuate Eric Siale, 20, were the targets of a botched murder while going for haircuts. daily telegraph informed.
Stemler was the 22nd victim of gang-related violence in this most recent war.
Abbas was coincidentally shot on the same street where underworld figure Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad was gunned down while visiting an associate in April 2022.
Daily Mail Australia understands that police are investigating witness reports that a suspicious Toyota Yaris was seen parked on the street at the time Mr Abbas was shot.
Shocked residents recalled hearing three shots, followed by sirens minutes later.
“There was a Toyota Yaris with two women sitting in the front of the house. He was there about 10 minutes before the shooting,” a neighbor told Daily Mail Australia.
“I wonder if they were vigilant, then their accomplice came and attacked.”
Images from the scene minutes after the shooting show the street cordoned off with several police cars and an ambulance attending.
Another video shows a conscious and alert Abbas lying on a stretcher outside his home being treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.
Dozens of detectives have invaded the street and were set to spend Wednesday afternoon interviewing neighbors while a police dog searched for possible evidence.
Mahmoud Abbas (left) is a leading criminal defense lawyer in Sydney.
Underworld figure Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad (pictured) was shot dead while visiting an associate just down the road in Greenacre
The latest victim of Sydney’s underworld warfare, Ferenc David Stemler (pictured), was shot at 2am on Thursday and was in the middle of a court case relating to his links to crime.
It comes just days after three people were shot in an industrial area of the same suburb at 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
Mr. Abbas specializes in criminal law and has represented a variety of high-profile Sydney personalities, including former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer and accused members of an ISIS-inspired terror cell.
The Abbas Jacobs Abogados website is currently down.
Abbas also represented the four men who allegedly kidnapped a Hamze associate on the northern beaches.
He began his career working for well-known criminal defense attorney Brett Galloway and is the son of a NSW Snowy Mountains farmer.