Man charged over gangland assassination

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The alleged getaway driver in "the brazen assassination" of crime boss Bilal Hamze in Sydney's CBD has been charged with his murder.

Samuel John Rokomoqisa, 32, was arrested at Silverwater prison on Tuesday, 15 months after the underworld czar walked out of a Japanese restaurant on Bridge Street and was gunned down on June 17, 2021.

Police allege Rokomoqisa was inside the black Audi that took Hamze's killer to the scene.

"You're in the car at the time of a murder, then you're going to be charged with murder," homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters.

Despite the arrest, police don't know if he was "a gun for hire" or what motivated the murder of the cousin of the Brothers 4 Life gang leader, convicted murderer Bassam Hamzy.

Although police "would love to" identify the gunman, anyone directly involved could be charged.

"Obviously there's more than one person involved in this offence and those inquiries are still ongoing," Det Supt Doherty said.

"It doesn't matter if you source the car, you source the plates, whether you've disposed of the car, whether you pull the trigger ... you're all complicit."

Rokomoqisa was already in custody accused of the attempted murder of Hamze's brother, Ibrahem Hamze, in North Sydney in August 2021.

Bilal Hamze's high-profile murder shocked Sydney after he stepped out of a Japanese restaurant on a Thursday evening and was mowed down by a hail of bullets in front of horrified onlookers.

"That would have been horrific to witness," Det Supt Doherty said.

"Today is a breakthrough - hopefully there is more to come."

The getaway Audi was later burned out at Northwood on Sydney's north shore.

Rokomoqisa was not required to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday when his case was mentioned. He was remanded until the next court mention on September 29.