Two men have been acquitted of the execution-style murder of former Sydney bikie boss Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi.
Yusuf Guney Nazlioglu, 39, was accused of being the shooter while Jamal Eljaidi, 32, was said to be the getaway driver.
But a NSW Supreme Court jury on Thursday found them both not guilty of murder after four days of deliberation following a three-and-a-half week Supreme Court trial.
Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, (picturd with wife Carolina Gomez) who became Comancheros national president aged just 22 before relinquishing the role in 2009, was shot dead in his black Mercedes parked outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale on February 15, 2018
Mr Hawi was shot multiple times in the head, face and shoulder while sitting in his black Mercedes in broad daylight outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale on February 15, 2018.
Hawi was rushed to hospital, where he later died.
The jury saw CCTV of the masked gunman, dressed in black from head to toe, leave the murder scene in a car driven by another man.
Nazlioglu and Eljaidi pleaded not guilty to murder, with barristers for the pair contending neither were the right height to be the men captured in CCTV.
Zeinab Hawi, the sister of Mick Hawi leaves a Sydney court on Thursday after two men were acquitted of her brother’s murder
No eyewitnesses positively identified the two men on trial as being at the scene, with the Crown relying on circumstantial evidence, including a balaclava found in the second vehicle.
Mr Hawi had been a rising star of the Comancheros bikie gang before having to relinquish his title as national president in 2009 when entering prison.
He was released in 2015 and was very close to Nazlioglu before a falling out on a fishing trip in the summer of 2016/17.
Jamal El Jaidi (pictured outside court earlier this month), was found not guilty of Hawi’s murder