Woman, 57, questioned over Fawkner bikie shooting

A 57-year-old woman has been questioned by police for allegedly helping at least one of the men involved in the attempted assassination of kickboxer and former Mongols bikie Suleiman “Sam” Abdulrahim in June.

The woman from Epping is the seventh person arrested as part of the investigation into the shooting in Melbourne’s north, which seriously injured Abdulrahim and sent the two alleged gunmen into hiding overseas.

Ex-Mongols bikie Suleiman “Sam” Abdulrahim was shot in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in June.Credit:Paul Jeffers

At 57, the woman is the oldest of those arrested in relation to the shooting. Others arrested were aged between 18 and 24.

In a statement on Friday morning, police said the woman was arrested just after 5pm on Thursday and interviewed “in relation to the offences of attempt to pervert the course of justice and assist offender”.

The woman has since been released by police without charge.

“She has been released pending further inquiries,” the police statement says.

One of the photos Suleiman Abdulrahim posted to social media this week, showing he’s back in the gym after being shot.Credit:Instagram

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Yasir Al Qassim is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

Al Qassim, from Epping, is charged with attempted murder, possessing a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle and driving while suspended.

It is not yet clear what role police allege the 18-year-old played in the attempted hit, but he is not suspected of being one of the shooters.

Abdulrahim’ black Mercedes-Benz four-wheel-drive was peppered with bullets as he left a funeral at the Fawkner cemetery on Box Forest Road on June 25. The 30-year-old former Mongol took multiple bullets in the chest and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but survived the attack.

The seven people so far arrested over the shooting are believed to have played various roles in the incident, including co-ordinating the attack and assisting the primary offenders, who police say fled Australia within 48 hours of the attack. So far, all but Al Qassim have been released without charge.

Police are working to bring the alleged shooters back to Australia. They believe the men had “history” with Abdulrahim, but have not revealed whether they were members of an outlaw motorcycle club, or hired as hitmen.

Earlier this week Abdulrahim, who also goes by the nickname “The Punisher”, shared images of himself at the gym on social media and flagged his impending return to the ring after recovering from his injuries.

“I’m back and ready,” the kickboxer wrote in the caption.

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