Fugitive Comanchero bikie boss Mark Buddle has been deported to Turkey where he’s expected to be processed and handed over to Australian authorities, according to Northern Cyprus officials.
Australia’s most wanted man, who fled the country in 2016 after being wanted in connection with several murders, was captured on Saturday while returning to his hideout on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus by officers identifying themselves as FBI.
Australian authorities are aware Buddle is now in Turkey, where they hope to attempt to extradite him back home.
But there are fears Buddle may flee to another country before extradition is granted.
The interior ministry of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus confirmed Buddle received a residence permit to live in the statelet last August on the grounds his ‘high income’ would bring wealth to the territory.
But authorities later ruled that the underworld figure’s presence was ‘inconvenient in terms of public peace and security’.
Underworld boss Mark Buddle has been deported to Turkey, where’s it’s hoped he’ll be extradited to Australia
The infamous bikie, 44, was transferred to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday under the supervision of two police officers.
‘Legal proceedings are continuing in Ankara for the extradition of Mark Douglas Buddle … to his home country,’ Cypriot officials said in a statement.
Australia has an extradition treaty with Turkey on the provision that the extradition of a person charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment for at least one year
But both police and underworld sources acknowledged the matter was far from over.
‘I think he went there (Turkey) the first day he was arrested,’ one source told The Daily Telegraph.
‘At the end of the day it’s Turkey mate, it’s not Australia, it’s not America.’
A senior Australian law enforcement officer added: ‘This is a long way from over, but the net is closing in on Buddle.’
Buddle (right) fled Australia in 2016 for Dubai, where he set up a new life with his glamorous partner Melanie Ter Wisscha (left), after a security guard was fatally shot
Buddle recently left his latest safe haven on the island nation to meet with a high-profile international member of the gang in Germany.
He then travelled back to the nation’s north via Turkey, an area where many Australian fugitives hide out, before reports surfaced on Sunday that American agents had swooped on the gangster.
But the US crime bureau later denied they were behind the sting operation.
Buddle took over the leadership of the Comancheros when former boss Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi was jailed over a fatal brawl in Sydney Airport in 2009.
He fled Australia in 2016 for Dubai, where he set up a new life with his partner Melanie Ter Wisscha, after he became a person of interest in the 2010 murder of a security guard.
Last year, Buddle left Dubai soon after a video surfaced showing him fighting tourists at a resort pool.
Since then it is understood he has hopped between numerous countries such as Turkey, Greece and Iraq, before settling in Cyprus.
The Sydney-born crime boss who grew up in a Maroubra housing commission estate before joining the Comanchero, has reportedly been living in Cyprus since mid-2021.
Mark Buddle (pictured) has been on the run from Australian authorities for the last six years
However, his stay has not been low-profile, as he made the front-page of the Cyprus newspaper Kibris Gercek last year.
Sources recently said the exile life was taking a heavy toll on Buddle, with the Commander of the Australian arm of the Comancheros isolated from his daughters, who are believed to have been living away from him in Australia.
When Buddle fled Australia, he entrusted the Comanchero in Australia to national sergeant-at-arms Tarek Zahed, national president Mick Murray and Sydney commander Alan Meehan.
In May, Zahed miraculously survived an assassination attempt at Bodyfit Gym in Auburn when he was shot multiple times as more than 20 bullets were fired.
He was rushed to hospital fighting for life and was taken into surgery with 10 bullet wounds to his head and body, with one bullet piercing straight through his eyeball.
His brother Omar, 39, was killed during the shooting.
With Zahed recovering from his injuries and Murray facing charges in Victoria, Meehan has been named Comanchero national president.
Australia’s most wanted man Mark Buddle (pictured with partner Mel Terwisscha) fled the country in 2016 after being wanted in connection with several murders
MARK BUDDLE’S LIFE ON THE RUN
2009 – Mark Buddle takes over leadership of the Comancheros after former boss Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi was jailed over the fatal Hells Angels 2009 Sydney Airport brawl.
2016 – Buddle flees Australia for Dubai after becoming a person of interest in the shooting murder of armoured guard Gary Allibon in Sydney in June, 2010.
September 2017 – Buddle declares himself ‘commander of the world’
2018 – He leaves Dubai for the first time to head to Greece when Sydney underworld figure John Macris was executed. He returned to Dubai a short time later.
2021 – Buddle flees Dubai after video surfaced of a poolside fight with tourists at a resort.
Mid-2021 – Buddle hops between numerous countries, including Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, before settling in Cyprus.
Cyprus news outlet Kibris Gercek claimed Buddle organised to live in Northern Cyprus after meetings with high-ranking politicians, who granted him a residency until August 6, 2022.
June 2022 – Buddle’s girlfriend Mel Ter Wisscha posts pictures of herself online as she enjoyed the facilities at Turkey’s $11,000 a night D Maris Bay Resort
July 2022 – Buddle leaves Cyprus to meet with a fellow international member of the Comancheros in Germany
July 9, 2022 – Buddle is detained by agents in Cyprus who identified themselves as FBI – but the American crime bureau has denied any involvement