Four people accused of trying to extort $10million from a member of the Iraqi parliament

Three men and a woman arrested after allegedly trying to extort $10million from a member of the Iraqi parliament by attacking his Sydney home – terrorising his wife and five children for more than a year

  • Four people arrested over terrorising the family of an Iraqi parliament member
  • Two arrests made in Blacktown in New South Wales and two arrests in Canada
  • Wife and five children were harassed at Chester Hill home for more than a year
  • Family terrorised in attempt to extort $10million from politician Ahmed Al Asadi

The wife and five children of an Iraqi politician have been terrorised for more than a year in their southwest Sydney home as part of an international attempt to extort $10million from the prominent dual citizen.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett of NSW Police State Crime Command said four people have been arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday after a joint investigation between Australian and Canadian authorities.

Two men – aged 24 and 22 – were arrested at Blacktown and Seven Hills and are expected to be charged over multiple violent incidents at the family home at Chester Hill between December 2019 and January this year.

NSW Police State Crime Command said four people have been arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday after a joint investigation between Australian and Canadian authorities

Two men - aged 24 and 22 - were arrested at Blacktown and Seven Hills and are expected to be charged over multiple violent incidents

Two men – aged 24 and 22 – were arrested at Blacktown and Seven Hills and are expected to be charged over multiple violent incidents

Two simultaneous search warrants were executed in Edmonton, Canada, by the Edmonton Police Cybercrime Unit, who seized a replica firearm and electronic devices.

A 33-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were arrested and are now in the custody of local authorities.

Strike Force Mulach was established by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate and worked with police in Edmonton.

Det Supt Bennett said the Canadian man was the mastermind behind the plot that involved attacks on the family’s home in Chester Hill and online threats, demanding payment of up to $10million.

The target is reportedly Iraqi politician Ahmed Al Asadi – a dual citizen who lives in Baghdad.

Two men, aged 24 and 22, are expected to be charged allegedly terrorising the wife and five children of an Iraqi politician for over a year (pictured: home where the two men were arrested)

Two men, aged 24 and 22, are expected to be charged allegedly terrorising the wife and five children of an Iraqi politician for over a year (pictured: home where the two men were arrested)

NSW Police arrested two men on Wednesday after a joint investigation between Australian and Canadian authorities

NSW Police arrested two men on Wednesday after a joint investigation between Australian and Canadian authorities

His wife and children – aged between 10 and 25 – were initially the victims of a home invasion by four masked people, where the 16-year-old son was assaulted and robbed of cash.

On another occasion a shot was fired at the home and another time a brick was used to smash the front window.

Earlier this month a threatening note was left outside the home and a fire was lit on the front porch.

‘There’s been constant demands for money over a period of time,’ Det Supt Bennett said.

The men from Sydney are expected to appear in court later on Wednesday charged over the home invasion and other attacks

The men from Sydney are expected to appear in court later on Wednesday charged over the home invasion and other attacks

NSW Police believe money was handed over to people in Sydney to commit the crimes (pictured: one of the arrested men inn police custody)

NSW Police believe money was handed over to people in Sydney to commit the crimes (pictured: one of the arrested men inn police custody)

‘We think some money has been handed over to people in Sydney to commit acts of violence in and around the family home,’ he told reporters.

‘Our allegation will be that the mastermind behind this is the male in Canada and he has been directing criminal activity in Sydney.’

The $10million was not paid, he said.

The men from Sydney are expected to appear in court later on Wednesday charged over the home invasion and other attacks.

Two simultaneous search warrants were executed in Edmonton, Canada, by the Edmonton Police Cybercrime Unit, who seized a replica firearm and electronic devices.

Two simultaneous search warrants were executed in Edmonton, Canada, by the Edmonton Police Cybercrime Unit, who seized a replica firearm and electronic devices.

The two men involved in the attacks on the family's home in Chester Hill and online threats, demanding $10 million

The two men involved in the attacks on the family’s home in Chester Hill and online threats, demanding $10 million

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