Mahmoud Abbas shooting: A possible motive for the shooting dead of a Sydney lawyer outside his Greenacre home has been revealed
The shooting of a high-profile criminal defense lawyer last month could be linked to the same underworld figures who kidnapped him in 2019 and shaved his head.
New South Wales Police say they have found a possible motive for the alleged assassination attempt on gangster lawyer Mahmoud Abbas, who was shot dead outside his home in Greenacre, south west of the city, on July 26.
They claim evidence found on Mr Abbas’ electronic devices links his recent shooting to his kidnapping in 2019.
Last month, the Saturday Telegraph revealed that Mr Abbas was abducted, violently beaten and had his head and eyebrows shaved as a “warning” against gang members.
Those responsible are understood to have taken photos of Mr Abbas’ shaved head and shared them with underworld circles after the attack.
Police believe the shooting of criminal lawyer Mahmoud Abbas (above) is linked to his kidnapping and assault in 2019
Mr Abbas was shot dead outside his home in Greenacre on July 26 (pictured: paramedics treating Mr Abbas after the attack)
Police are aware of the incident, although Mr Abbas has not made a formal report.
Investigators only had access to Mr Abbas’ laptop and phone for a short time before the lawyer won a lawsuit to have it returned.
He told the Supreme Court earlier this week that he needed the devices for his business because they contained sensitive information about his customers.
However, officials said they could have linked the two attacks by analyzing devices during that period.
“In June 2019, Mr. Abbas was kidnapped by one or more persons unknown to the police,” the police wrote in the documents presented to the court Saturday telegraph reports.
“During the abduction, Mr Abbas was violently assaulted and his eyebrows and head were shaved as a ‘warning’.
“Following the kidnapping, Mr. Abbas refused to provide the police with any statements or information to further the investigation into possible suspects or motives for the crime.”
“Based on the information received so far, police believe the kidnapping and shooting are related as Mr. Abbas has not provided assistance with the NSWPF investigation and there are suspicions that similar parties are involved.”
Investigators believe Mr Abbas’ clients may know who was behind the kidnapping and shooting.
Mr Abbas has had three surgeries and kidney removal since the shooting last month (pictured at Mr Abbas’ home in Greenacre).
Mr Abbas sustained serious injuries in the shooting but is expected to make a full recovery.
He underwent three surgeries and had his kidney removed after a bullet went through it. Another bullet just missed Mr Abbas’ kneecap.
Daily Mail Australia does not indicate that Mr Abbas has any connection to criminal activity or wrongdoing.