There were dramatic scenes at Sydney Airport on Monday night as police arrested the brother of murdered crime kingpin, Wally Ahmad.
Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad had just stepped off an international flight from the Middle East when he was arrested by police.
Ahmad had left Australia just days after a shootout at his brother’s Condell Park smash repairs business last April, with a rival group chasing a debt.
Safwan Charbaji was shot dead, with police to allege it was Ahmad that pulled the trigger.
What convinced the 34-year-old to return to Australia remains unclear, but he does have a wife and young child residing in the country.
After his arrest at Sydney Airport, Ahmad was taken to Botany Bay Police Station and charged with murder.
The Condell Park shootout ignited a spiral of revenge killings in which each victim had been a suspect in the previous murder.
Three weeks after Charbaji’s death, Mahmoud Ahmad's brother, crime patriarch Wally, was gunned down in front of friends and horrified shoppers at Bankstown.
Last October, the man who bragged about pulling the trigger, hitman Hamad Assaad, was shot dead himself on his driveway at Georges Hall.
In turn, the man suspected of carrying that out, Kemel Barakat, was shot up to a dozen times in his own bedroom at Mortlake, only eleven days ago.
Ahmad has been refused bail and will reappear in court on May 2.