In a chilling turn of events, Australian law enforcement has pressed charges against two individuals accused of orchestrating a sinister plot to assassinate four members of the rap ensemble OneFour.
The suspects, identified as Brandon Maseuli and Yousef Rima, are affiliated with an international criminal syndicate originating from Lebanon. This nefarious group specializes in executing contracts for heinous activities such as murders and abductions.
Apprehended in Sydney on Thursday, Maseuli, aged 26, and Rima, aged 20, now face an array of charges. These encompass conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, leading a criminal organization, along with various drug and robbery-related offenses.
Additionally, authorities are seeking an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old individual believed to be located offshore.
According to law enforcement, Maseuli and Rima colluded to carry out the targeted killing of four prominent figures from Sydney’s northwest on behalf of an external network. The intended victims are identified as Jerome J Emz Misa, Pio YP Misa, Spencer Spenny Magalogo, and Dahcell Celly Ramos, all members of the drill rap group OneFour. The rationale behind sparing the fifth member, Salec Lekks Su’a, remains unclear.
Reports suggest that the plot against OneFour members stems from a conflict between the rap group and the syndicate connected to the criminal cell in Sydney. This revelation emerged during a broader investigation into the Sydney cell, revealing links to multiple kidnappings, including one involving a staggering 722kg (1,600 pounds) of cocaine.
Both Maseuli and Rima made a court appearance at the Liverpool Local Court on Thursday, where their bail was denied.
OneFour, a prominent rap group in Australia, known for their edgy music laden with dark themes and violent lyrics, has faced previous altercations with law enforcement. In 2019, concerns about safety led to the cancellation of their national tour. The ongoing saga underscores the intersection of art, conflict, and criminality in the music industry.