Two senior Mongols have been removed as a fierce power struggle continues inside the notorious outlaw motorcycle club in Australia, leading to conflict with Russian members.
Sergeant-at-arms Mark Balsillie and Suleiman ‘Sam’ Abdulrahim, also known in kickboxing circles as The Punisher, were ordered to hand in their colours.
Their exit comes two weeks after the high-profile Toby Mitchell – the club’s boss just 18 months ago ago – was unceremoniously booted out in what he initially thought was an April Fool’s joke.
Former Mongols sergeant-at-arms Mark Balsillie (pictured centre) has been thrown out of the club, following Toby Mitchell (pictured right), who was booted two weeks ago as the club’s new hierarchy purges former senior members
Suleiman ‘Sam’ Abdulrahim, also known in kickboxing circles as The Punisher, was told to hand back his colours and remove his Mongol tattoos at the same time as Balsillie. (Pictured, Abdulrahim with Jessika Power)
Balsillie and Abdulrahim were summoned to an urgent meeting with the gang’s new Queensland hierarchy on the Gold Coast where they were told they were out, the Herald Sun reported.
Mitchell, also a former Bandidos boss, Balsillie and Abdulrahim were widely regarded as three of the most influential Mongols in the club’s ranks last year.
Why Mitchell was kicked out of the Mongols remains unknown, but some have speculated his exit could be tied to his unpopular links with one particular Melbourne crime identity as well as his perceived high profile in the media.
Toby Mitchell, a former Bandido who eventually became boss of the Mongols, had to cover up his club tattoos after being kicked out on April 1
Suleiman ‘Sam’ Abdulrahim, known in kickboxing circles as The Punisher, was ordered to hand in his Mongols colours (pictured, Abdulrahim at left)
Mitchell has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, and he regularly updates his social media account with photos of gym workouts, luxury cars and encounters with celebrities, including retired boxer Anthony Mundine and AFL legend Sam Newman.
Balsillie was involved in patching Russian Comancheros across to the Mongols, while Abdulrahim is thought to be well connected in Melbourne’s middle eastern crime circles.
In 2017 he miraculously survived being shot several times by his former friend Hasan Topal, an alleged underworld hitman who fled to Turkey in the aftermath the incident.
A fierce power struggle is underway inside the Mongols outlaw motorcycle club in Australia that is said to have even upset members of the club in Russia
Toby Mitchell – the club’s boss just 18 months ago ago – was booted out in what he initially thought was an April Fool’s joke
Abdulrahim also survived recent attempts on his life.
But it is understood the trio have no place in the new regime headed up by new national president Nick ‘The Knife’ Forbes, a Queenslander.
In line with strict bikie traditions, all have to immediately remove club tattoos if they are booted out – or face potentially fatal consequences.
Bikie hardman Suleiman ‘Sam’ Abdulrahim is pictured with Jessika Power
Forbes’ sergeant-at-arms is understood to be fellow Queenslander, Phillip Main.
A long-term Melbourne member Tyrone Bell is believed to have played a key role in the upheaval within the Mongols.
Rumours have swirled that several club members in Melbourne have followed Mitchell, Balsillie and Abdulrahim out the door by handing in their colours in defiance of the new order.
Mitchell’s close friend Dylan Goddard is one to have recently left the club.
The turmoil has also caused tension in the Mongol’s international network too.
It is understood the Mitchell, Balsillie and Abdulrahim have no place in the Mongols’ new regime headed by new national president Nick ‘The Knife’ Forbes, a Queenslander
Mark Balsillie (pictured) was involved in patching Russian Comancheros across to the Mongols
The takeover is said to have cost the Mongols members in the important Russian and Ukrainian chapters, who have quit over the changes.
It is widely believed the return to Australia of a former Comancheros kingpin, Amad ‘Jay’ Malkoun, who lived in Dubai for seven years and narrowly survived a car bombing in Greece in 2019, has been a destabilising force within the gang.
Malkoun, a convicted heroin trafficker, and former Victorian Comancheros boss who has a broad global network and set up a Russian chapter, is thought to have returned to Australia for medical treatment.
He was also understood to be negotiating with senior Mongols figures about changing allegiances.