Australia Extradites Biker Gang Boss from Turkey

A mobster who was the leader of one of Australia’s biggest motorcycle gangs, Mark Buddle was extradited from Turkey to face criminal charges in his home country.

Australian Federal Police described Buddle as one of the country’s most wanted men who is charged with murder and drug trafficking.

Buddle, the head of the Comancheros  bike gang was taken into custody at Darwin Airport on Wednesday. 

Buddle, 37, has been accused of drug trafficking worth $27 million into the city of Melbourne in 2021 before fleeing to the Middle East in 2016, before settling in Northern Cyprus, which has no extradition treaty with Australia.

The extradition was made possible after the Northern Cyprus administration expelled Buddle on grounds of posing threat to public order and security, which forced him to go to Turkey which has an extradition treaty with Australia.

Buddle is facing two charges and each is carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Buddle had reportedly taken  over leadership of the Comanches after the former leader, Mick Hawi was shot dead in 2018 outside a gym in Sydney.

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