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Notorious bikie boss arrested in dawn raid over gangland killing of Tony Mokbel’s associate

One of Melbourne’s most notorious bikie bosses has been arrested over the gangland killing of an associate of high-profile drug lord Tony Mokbel.

Mick Murray, the president of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Comancheros, was taken into custody following a pre-dawn raid on Thursday morning. 

Officers investigating the 2019 murder of gangland figure Mitat Rasimi have charged the 44-year-old with one count of murder. 

A 32-year-old man was also arrested but released pending further enquiries. 

Mick Murray, (pictured) the president of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Comancheros, was taken into custody after an early morning raid on Thursday

Police arrested the bikie boss at his Lysterfield South home before conducting an early morning raid at Nitro Gym in Hallam (pictured) at about 7:20am

Police arrested the bikie boss at his Lysterfield South home before conducting an early morning raid at Nitro Gym in Hallam (pictured) at about 7:20am

Police arrested the bikie boss at his Lysterfield South home before conducting an early morning raid at Nitro Gym in Hallam at about 7:20am. 

Murray was known to frequent the gym in Melbourne’s southeast with a witness telling the Herald Sun over 20 police vehicles had arrived on the scene.

‘They blocked off all the entrances to the gym,’ they said. ‘The detectives went inside and then came out with a brown paper bag. It looked like a big bust.’

Mitat Rasimi was found unresponsive with four bullets in his chest after crashing his Peugeot Coupe into a telegraph pole in Dandenong on March 3, 2019.  

He was a former member of an arm of notorious kingpin Tony Mokbel’s empire and was suspected of having ties to other underworld groups. 

Two men, Laiseni Kakato, 28, and Richard Ene, 26, were charged over the 51-year-old’s murder and remain in custody. Both have been linked to the Comancheros.

Murray appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court via video-link on Thursday charged with one count of murder. 

Mitat Rasimi (pictured) was found unresponsive with four bullets in his chest after crashing his Peugeot Coupe into a telegraph pole in Dandenong on March 3, 2019

Mitat Rasimi (pictured) was found unresponsive with four bullets in his chest after crashing his Peugeot Coupe into a telegraph pole in Dandenong on March 3, 2019

The court heard recordings from listening devices would have to be transcribed with no application for bail made.

Prosecutor Phillip Raimondo was granted 10 weeks, four more than standard, for homicide detectives to prepare their case against Murray. 

In August 2019, Murray was denied entry to Thailand just days after pleading with a magistrate to relax his bail conditions to allow him to travel. 

He was facing more than 100 charges relating to fraud in Victoria at the time. 

In addition to the fraud charges, Murray allegedly owes more than $1 million to the Australian Taxation Office. 

In December of 2017, the Supreme Court ordered Murray and his wife Debbie Pitman to repay the Australian Tax Office millions in tax debt.  

The ATO found the pair had failed to pay income tax between 2008 and 2013, after their affairs were referred by the National Anti-Gangs Squad.

Earlier this year, Murray led the Comancheros on a national run from Hallam to Port Phillip Prison in Truganina, in a show of support to imprisoned members

Earlier this year, Murray led the Comancheros on a national run from Hallam to Port Phillip Prison in Truganina, in a show of support to imprisoned members

Earlier this year, Murray led the Comancheros on a national run from Hallam to Port Phillip Prison in Truganina, in a show of support to imprisoned members. 

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Murray’s arrest will send shockwaves through the state’s bikie community. 

‘From my point of view this is an outstanding bit of police work over a lengthy period of time,’ Mr Patton said on 3AW Radio.

‘We have tenacity from detectives who refuse to let things slide — this has resulted in a significant arrest which will impact significantly outlaw motorcycle gangs.’

Officers investigating the 2019 murder of gangland figure Mitat Rasimi have charged  Mick Murray (pictured) with one count of murder

Officers investigating the 2019 murder of gangland figure Mitat Rasimi have charged  Mick Murray (pictured) with one count of murder

The top cop said he couldn’t comment on whether Rasimi had been a member of a rival gang but said it was a ‘significant outcome’. 

Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said the arrests were the result of years of hard work and said they came as a reminder to other outstanding criminals. 

‘Some individuals and criminal groups think they can operate above the law – time and time again they are proven wrong,’ Mr Hill said.

‘They may be able to avoid law enforcement for a period but it is only a matter of time before they face their day of judgement.

‘We will continue to create a hostile environment for these serious and organised crime groups.’

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