How boss of the Hamzy crime family was dethroned

Boss of the Hamzy crime family is dethroned following Sydney’s bloody gang war – and replaced by his younger cousin

  • Bassam Hamzy has reportedly been dethroned as the head of his clan 
  • The Brothers 4 Life founder has been replaced by his cousin Ibrahem Hamze 
  • Hamze is currently in prison in connection to an attempted murder and stabbing 

By Jesse Hyland For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 14:04 GMT, 6 March 2022 | Updated: 15:09 GMT, 6 March 2022

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Convicted criminal Bassam Hamzy has reportedly been dethroned as the head of his clan with his younger cousin Ibrahem Hamze stepping in as the new leader. 

Hamzy, 42, who founded the criminal gang Brothers 4 Life, has been in prison since 1999 for murdering a teenager. He is one of NSW’s most notorious prisoners and will not be released anytime soon.

That, combined with the family losing Mejid Hamzy, Ghassan Amoud, and Bassam’s cousin Bilal Hamze, due to their war with the Alameddine’s, has prompted the clan to look to younger cousin Ibrahem, 27, for direction.

Convicted criminal Bassam Hamzy, 42, has reportedly been dethroned as the head of the Hamzy clan Convicted criminal Bassam Hamzy, 42, has reportedly been dethroned as the head of the Hamzy clan

Convicted criminal Bassam Hamzy, 42, has reportedly been dethroned as the head of the Hamzy clan

The Hamzy family has looked to younger cousin Ibrahem (right), 27, for direction following Bassam's lengthy prison sentence and the shooting death of several family members in their blood fued with the Alameddine clan The Hamzy family has looked to younger cousin Ibrahem (right), 27, for direction following Bassam's lengthy prison sentence and the shooting death of several family members in their blood fued with the Alameddine clan

The Hamzy family has looked to younger cousin Ibrahem (right), 27, for direction following Bassam’s lengthy prison sentence and the shooting death of several family members in their blood fued with the Alameddine clan

‘They look at Bass(am) like he’s a weirdo,’ a source close to the Hamzys told The Daily Telegraph.

‘They all deal with his s**t and make out like they care, but there’s a groan whenever he calls. They aren’t that close with him.’

The source said there’s still ‘five or six that are [still] close’ with Bassam. 

The source claims that Bassam now has little influence following the deaths of his brothers.

‘He was the boss, but now Ibby is running the ship,’ the source added.  

Ibrahem is currently in prison on remand following an alleged plot to murder a man connected to the Alameddine clan outside a gym in Prospect in Sydney’s west in November.  

His cousins, Tareek and Haissam Hamzy, were also charged in connection with the alleged murder plot and an alleged kidnapping and stabbing that Ibrahem and three others also took part in.    

Ibrahem is currently in prison on remand following an alleged plot to murder a man connected to the Alameddine clan outside a gym in Prospect in Sydney's west in November. His cousins Tareek and Haissam Hamzy were also charged in connection with the alleged murder plot Ibrahem is currently in prison on remand following an alleged plot to murder a man connected to the Alameddine clan outside a gym in Prospect in Sydney's west in November. His cousins Tareek and Haissam Hamzy were also charged in connection with the alleged murder plot

Ibrahem is currently in prison on remand following an alleged plot to murder a man connected to the Alameddine clan outside a gym in Prospect in Sydney’s west in November. His cousins Tareek and Haissam Hamzy were also charged in connection with the alleged murder plot

Ibrahem Hamze (above in pale grey hoodie) has faced court charged with solicit murder, shooting with intent to murder and with the alleged kidnap of a man last September Ibrahem Hamze (above in pale grey hoodie) has faced court charged with solicit murder, shooting with intent to murder and with the alleged kidnap of a man last September

Ibrahem Hamze (above in pale grey hoodie) has faced court charged with solicit murder, shooting with intent to murder and with the alleged kidnap of a man last September 

Ibrahem also faces charges of large commercial drug supply, and directing the activities of a criminal group.  

He arrived under police escort back in NSW after being extradited from the Gold Coast by detectives who have repeatedly warned him his life is in danger due to the blood feud between the Hamzy’s and Alameddine’s.  

The war between the two Middle Eastern Australian families was reignited in earnest in October 2020, when Ibrahem’s cousin Mejid Hamzy was gunned at Condell Park.  

Ibrahem’s cousin Ghassan Amoun was shot dead in a brazen lunchtime execution after he was ambushed on leaving the Lady Laser salon in South Wentworthville just days after being released from prison in early January.  

Ibrahem Hamze (above) is escorted by NSW Police Raptor Squad at Bankstown Airport in Sydney after his extradition from Queensland to face charges of kinapping and soliciting murder Ibrahem Hamze (above) is escorted by NSW Police Raptor Squad at Bankstown Airport in Sydney after his extradition from Queensland to face charges of kinapping and soliciting murder

Ibrahem Hamze (above) is escorted by NSW Police Raptor Squad at Bankstown Airport in Sydney after his extradition from Queensland to face charges of kinapping and soliciting murder

Hamze, 27, was arrested and charged by police who have warned him that he risks being the next target in the ongoing Sydney underworld blood feud between two families Hamze, 27, was arrested and charged by police who have warned him that he risks being the next target in the ongoing Sydney underworld blood feud between two families

Hamze, 27, was arrested and charged by police who have warned him that he risks being the next target in the ongoing Sydney underworld blood feud between two families

Meanwhile, Bassam Hamzy single-handedly won back the right to make unsupervised calls to his lawyers last month. 

Hamzy, who judges called ‘articulate’, represented himself in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and won the right to have restrictions on his legal phone calls overturned. 

He is awaiting trial over allegations he coordinated an illegal drug ring from prison.

Hamzy is considered an ‘extreme high risk restricted inmate’ – the highest security classification in NSW. 

Who is Bassam Hamzy?

Bassam Hamzy, 43, is the son of Lebanese immigrants Khaled and Lola Hamzy, who moved their family to Australian during the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s.

In 1999 Bassam shot dead a teenager during a night out in Sydney and was jailed for 21 years.

Hamzy was just 18. 

But while life behind bars is intended to be a deterrent for reoffending, it was where Hamzy thrived.

He set up the gang Brothers 4 Life, and with a bevvy of mobile phones hidden in his cell, allegedly an a sophisticated drug and crime ring.

He is understood to be a compelling talker, with an interest in legal matters who is also a devout Muslim and bonds with other inmates over Islam.

Court documents in the trial over the murder of Brayden Dillon, 15, in 2017 stated Hamzy typically recruited vulnerable ‘young Aboriginal men with substance addictions’.

But his network is allegedly much wider, notably including active gang members in Sydney and some unlikely figures too.  

In December 2020 Wagga Wagga grandmother Bronwyn Anne Brown was jailed for a maximum three years and four months for supplying prohibited drugs for Hamzy.

Hamzy allegedly communicated with his former solicitor Martin Churchill using client privilege rules. 

He is due to face court in May over charges of supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs. 

At one point during the case Hamzy represented himself.  

 

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