A suspected murder attempt against Ibrahem Hamze has been foiled following a police traffic stop in North Sydney.
Police believe gangland rivals had planned to carry out an attack when a stolen Mercedes was spotted on Walker Street on August 14.
The driver allegedly refused to stop the vehicle for officers before speeding off and running through a red light.
A flat tyre on the car forced the driver and another passenger to abandon the vehicle on Miller Street at Cammeray.
The pair allegedly stole a Toyota Camry after threatening its 76-year-old driver.
On Friday, NSW Police arrested a 31-year-old man and took him to Granville Police Station where he was charged with six offences.
A suspected murder attempt against Ibrahem Hamze (left) has been foiled following a police traffic stop in North Sydney
Police believe gangland rivals had planned to carry out an attack when a stolen Mercedes was spotted on Walker Street on August 14
They include conspire and agree to murder any person, armed with intent commit indictable offence, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, in company rob while armed with dangerous weapon, and, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.
NSW Police criminal groups squad commander detective superintendent Grant Taylor said the two men were in the area ‘for the sole purpose of shooting dead a man who they believe is a rival in territorial disputes in south-west Sydney’.
‘This individual [arrested on Friday] is part of a criminal syndicate, that’s what we will allege,’ he said.
Superintendent Taylor said the target of the alleged planned shooting should ‘thank his lucky stars that he is alive’.
‘That individual who we will allege was on that street on the day in North Sydney is an at-risk individual and will continue to be at risk,’ he said.
‘When the information comes out, of the timeline of events that day, he can thank his lucky stars that he is alive.’
The incident comes just weeks after Hamze’s older brother Bilal was laid to rest at a funeral after he was gunned down in a hail of bullets while taking a woman on a date in Sydney’s CBD in June.
Family and about 100 associates, most wearing hoodies and sneakers, watched on as Bilal’s green coffin was carried into Lakemba Mosque ahead of midday prayers.
Bilal was shot dead as he left trendy Japanese restaurant Kid Kyoto on Bridge Street, near Circular Quay.
Ahead of his funeral, which was closely monitored by dozens of uniformed and plain-clothed police including the gang-busting Raptor Squad, Bilal’s body was washed in private and by relatives only.
The driver allegedly refused to stop the vehicle for officers before speeding off and running through a red light
The incident comes just weeks after Hamze’s older brother Bilal was laid to rest at a funeral after he was gunned down in a hail of bullets while taking a woman on a date in Sydney’s CBD in June
Hamze’s green coffin was carried into the wash bay area of the mosque ahead of his funeral in June
In a social media post, the family said it was of ‘extreme importance’ that no mourners attended the body washing, an Islamic funeral tradition, aside from relatives.
Dozens of male mourners carried the crime boss’s green coffin emblazoned with Arabic writing into the mosque.
Women in burqas were seen entering the mosque and were ushered to a separate area.
Among the mourners was Ahmed Elomar, the brother of notorious ISIS terrorist Mohammed Elomar.
Following the funeral, Bilal’s body was taken to Rookwood Cemetery for burial.
Bilal, who had a distinctive tear-shaped tattoo under his right eye, was walking along Bridge St when up to 10 shots were fired at him from a stolen black Audi.
He died a short time later in St Vincent’s Hospital.
Police say Bilal’s execution is the result of the escalating Alameddine and Hamze gang war.
Among the mourners was Ahmed Elomar (left), the brother of notorious ISIS terrorist Mohammed Elomar
Bilal was buried in the Islamic section of Rockwood cemetery following the service at Lakemba Mosque