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Bob Hawke’s mate and business partner is attacked by a bikie at Villawood Detention Centre ‘because he complained about detainees using drugs’

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  • Long-time friend of former Prime Minister is attacked in immigration detention 
  • The Austrian businessman is being held at Villawood after AVO visa breach
  • Safwat Abdel-Hady reportedly complained about drug use inside of the facility 

A close friend and long-time business partner of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has reportedly been attacked in custody at the Villawood Centre.

Safwat Abdel-Hady was set upon by a furious Lone Wolf bikie after complaining about 'widespread' drug use at the immigration detention facility in Sydney.

Mr Abdel-Hady called triple-0 three times during the incident and barricaded himself inside his room, as the outlaw motorcycle gang enforcer tried to break down the door.

A close friend and long-time business partner of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Safwat Abdel-Hady (above), has been attacked in custody at the Villawood Centre

A close friend and long-time business partner of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Safwat Abdel-Hady (above), has been attacked in custody at the Villawood Centre

Safwat Abdel-Hady was reportedly set upon by a furious Lone Wolf bikie after complaining about ‘widespread’ drug use at the immigration detention facility in Sydney.

Safwat Abdel-Hady was reportedly set upon by a furious Lone Wolf bikie after complaining about 'widespread' drug use at the immigration detention facility in Sydney.

 

An incident report seen by the Daily Telegraph said the bikie was 'aggressively trying to break down the door and verbally threatening to kill him' shouting 'I will kill you, you will die tonight, I will kill you even if the Serco officers are present here'.

Officers on duty December 29 when the incident took place reported the attacker also targeted another detainee and was 'intoxicated or was under the influence of some drug'.

But guards working for the private prison company Serco, who responded to the incident, have come under fire for allegedly breaching protocols and failing to turn on their body cameras.

Mr Abdel-Hady received first aid after the incident and was taken to hospital suffering chest pains.

Mr Abdel-Hady called triple-0 three times during the incident and barricaded himself inside of his room, as the outlaw motorcycle gang enforcer tried to break down the door (pictured)

Mr Abdel-Hady called triple-0 three times during the incident and barricaded himself inside of his room, as the outlaw motorcycle gang enforcer tried to break down the door (pictured)

 

The Austrian national has been held at the Villawood Detention Centre for over a year after his visa was revoked by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Mr Abdel-Hady's now estranged wife filed an AVO against the businessman resulting in the termination of his residency status in Australia.

The couple were married in a private ceremony at Bob Hawkes' Northbridge mansion on Sydney's lower North Shore with the former Prime Minister acting as the best man.

Mr Abdel-Hady is currently fighting the order to leave Australia on the grounds his deportation will separate him from his daughter who was born in 2012.

The 58-year-old with links to Saudi Arabia came to live in Australia in 2002 as the CEO of Scorpion International's Australian aviation division.

In later years he partnered with Mr Hawke in two business ventures – Australian Gulf Mineral Resources Corporation and International Fuel Corporation.

The late Bob Hawke (left) and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget (right) hosted Mr Abdel-Hady's wedding at their lavish Sydney mansion

The late Bob Hawke (left) and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget (right) hosted Mr Abdel-Hady's wedding at their lavish Sydney mansion

The Villawood Detention Centre is operated by private prison company Serco. The facility has come under fire for a string of violent attacks and reported drug use by detainees

The Villawood Detention Centre is operated by private prison company Serco. The facility has come under fire for a string of violent attacks and reported drug use by detainees

 

The bikie behind the violent attack, who overstayed his visa in Australia, claims to no longer be a member of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Club. 

He has been involved in 49 incidents at the detention facility. 

Serco has reported the incident to the Australian Border Force who are in charge of the Villawood Detention Centre.

The Australian Border Force has referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police for further investigation.

Writer: Levi Parsons
Source: dailymail.co.uk
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