Wife of ex-Comanchero Mark Buddle who fled to Iraq amid Am0n raids set to return to Australia


Glamorous wife of notorious gangster who fled to Iraq days before the Am0n raids prepares to return to Australia with their children

  • Ex-Commancheros bikie leader left Dubai for Iraq before the unprecented bust
  • Buddle thought to have had criminal enterprises crushed by global police sting
  • Wife Mel Ter Wisscha is trying to arrange documentation to return to Australia 
  • Buddle left Australia in 2013 as it emerged he was wanted for police questioning 
  • Bikie’s former mate Hakan Ayik was caught up in the Operation Ironside bust










The wife of a notorious exiled bikie who fled to Iraq before the underworld-busting AN0M raids is set to return to Australia with their two children.

Ex-Comancheros bikie leader Mark Buddle left Dubai for Iraq in the days before Australian authorities carried out the country’s largest ever crime bust last Tuesday – seizing tonnes of drugs and arresting 224 alleged organised crime figures.  

The bikie’s ex-mate, alleged drug lord Hakan Ayik, is one of Australia’s most wanted men after being caught up in the Operation Ironside global police sting. 

Ex-Comancheros bikie leader Mark Buddle left Dubai for Iraq in the days before Australian authorities carried out the country's largest ever crime bust last Tuesday

Ex-Comancheros bikie leader Mark Buddle left Dubai for Iraq in the days before Australian authorities carried out the country’s largest ever crime bust last Tuesday

Buddle’s wife Mel Ter Wisscha is now the process of arranging the documentation for her trip home to Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Mel Ter Wisscha is responsible for any  wrongdoing.

Buddle left Australia eight years ago as it emerged he was wanted for police questioning over the murder of a van security guard in Sydney in 2010.

His wife Mel Ter Wisscha is reported to be in the process of arranging documentation for her trip home to Australia

His wife Mel Ter Wisscha is reported to be in the process of arranging documentation for her trip home to Australia

No police warrants have been issued for his arrest over the guard’s death. 

‘Even before the arrests last week he was on the move,’ a source said.

‘He wants his family safe and it would be too hard to be on the run in that part of the world with her and his kids.’    

Ayik, meanwhile, is understood to be trying to get his family out of Turkey after also been charged in the US with racketeering. 

Buddle had an office in the Kings Cross Hotel in Istanbul, which is owned by Ayik.

Some of the world’s biggest crooks began using the ‘AN0M’ app with encrypted messaging almost three years ago, not realising it had been secretly created by police and they were reading every word. 

The app gained currency in the underworld after being promoted by Ayik.

He promoted use of the app and special phones after they were initially circulated among crime figures by police informants.

Australian Federal Police have called for the alleged drug lord Hakan Ayik to hand himself in

Australian Federal Police have called for the alleged drug lord Hakan Ayik to hand himself in

AN0M messages, released by the US Department of Justice, show crime figures discussing a shipment of drugs which were to allegedly be thrown over a boat and then picked up

AN0M messages, released by the US Department of Justice, show crime figures discussing a shipment of drugs which were to allegedly be thrown over a boat and then picked up

Australian police warned Ayik – dubbed the ‘Facebook gangster’ for the flashy lifestyle he flaunted on social media – is a marked man after unwittingly peddling the ‘trojan horse’ app to his underworld associates.

The Australian Federal Police have urged Ayik, who they allege still orchestrates huge shipments of meth and cocaine into Australia from his base in Turkey, to hand himself in to authorities. 

‘Given the threat he faces, he’s best off handing himself into us as soon as he can,’ Commissioner Kershaw said.

‘He was one of the coordinators of this particular device, so he’s essentially set up his own colleagues.’



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