Shadows of Hope, began in 2013 by eye-patch-wearing medic Robert Hoey, works in conflict zones around the globe by in fight and supply help and drugs.
Mr Hoey describes the organisation as ‘the world’s most harmful and fearless charity’ that helps individuals in battle areas with out authorities pink tape.
Away from the entrance traces, their techniques embody paying river pirates to smuggle drugs, investigating bloodbath websites, and rescuing little one intercourse slaves.
However at present SoH is rocked by the information that one in every of its begin recruits is beneath arrest over Martin’s homicide at a drag-racing occasion in Perth in December.
A former soldier (pictured) arrested over homicide Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin with a 300m sniper shot fought in Syria and Iraq for a mercenary ‘charity’
Martin (pictured) was shot within the again at a drag-racing occasion in Perth in December final yr. Police suspect he could have been shot by a sniper from a distance so far as 300m away
Dozens of law enforcement officials shut down a quiet suburban avenue in Waikiki, in Perth’s south, and stormed the person’s red-brick residence earlier than hauling him away.
Mr Hoey mentioned his organisation was shaken up and he was nonetheless looking for out what occurred earlier than he might say a lot.
‘It is a very dangerous day (that one in every of us has been arrested)… we’re all very shaken up and do not know what is going on on,’ he advised Each day Mail Australia from his base in Las Vegas.
SoH profiled the suspect final yr, paying tribute to the soldier for his service in Iraq, describing him as their ‘resident thrill-seeker and heartbreaker’.
‘When the way in which to avoid wasting lives is prohibited or forged within the shadow of paperwork, it takes unorthodox attributes and attitudes to get the job completed,’ the group wrote.
‘He was a pure match for this position, and his tireless work, braveness, and distinctive humor have given a lot to these we serve.
Founder Robert Hoey (pictured) describes the organisation as ‘the world’s most harmful and fearless charity’ that helps individuals in battle areas with out authorities pink tape
Mr Hoey (pictured with a captured ISIS flag) mentioned his organisation was shaken up and he was nonetheless looking for out what occurred
The person was an electronics engineer earlier than serving in two wars, ‘each privately and as a staff chief, sniper and fight medic’.
‘Given his love for leaping off tall buildings and mountains, the native Kurds have given him the title Baz, which merely means ‘Hawk’,’ it wrote.
An oil and fuel employee who was a colleague of ‘Hawk’ as an engineer mentioned they have been shocked that he was arrested in reference to a homicide.
‘He was a pleasant man, I’ve by no means seen him offended. Good and resourceful once I wanted assist,’ they mentioned.
Hawk is one in every of many Australians preventing for SoH, with 4 listed as a part of its senior staff together with two of its high troopers.
Andrew Armstrong, a former Australian military soldier who holds the rank of workers sergeant in SoH, is listed as director of communications.
‘Andrew has served as one in every of SoH’s chief networking brokers for a few years, serving to supply volunteers, veterans, and conflicts,’ his bio reads.
Andrew Armstrong, a former Australian military soldier who holds the rank of workers sergeant in SoH, is listed as director of communications
Reconnaissance specialist Josh Middleton is one other former military soldier within the group’s senior workers
Mr Armstrong is a skilled paramedic and surf lifesaver at residence in Melbourne and had ‘invictus maneo’ tattooed throughout his proper arm.
In 2018 spoke out towards China financing a sequence of dams inbuilt Burma, forcing impoverished villagers off their land.
Reconnaissance specialist Josh Middleton, one other former military soldier, has made comparable statements towards the Burmese regime, and landmines.
‘Whereas nobody needs conflict, generally conflict should come; conflict is an inevitability, and peace is the end result of its profitable, if momentary, sorting-out,’ he wrote.
Darren Klaus, from the Gold Coast, is listed as the overall firm sergeant who ‘handles on-boarding within the area and disciplinary issues’.
The military veteran was an teacher for the European Safety Academy in Poland, which trains personal safety operators.
SoH’s social media supervisor Kelly Eagle can also be an Australian, however now lives in Amsterdam after transferring from Sydney a number of years in the past.
Darren Klaus, from the Gold Coast, is listed as the overall firm sergeant who ‘handles on-boarding within the area and disciplinary issues’
The military veteran was an teacher for the European Safety Academy in Poland, which trains personal safety operators
Father-of-four Marcus Hamilton, 45, from New Zealand labored for the group in 2015, becoming a member of when he noticed images of Syrian refugee camps.
He on the time helped organise operations in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in Oceania.
‘To me, these are the locations that can see the likes of Daesh or extremists – Islamic or different – enter Australasia by way of,’ he advised the New Zealand Herald.
Mr Hoey put up an advert for brand spanking new recruits in 2018 describing one of many much less delicate jobs the group was concerned in.
‘Its an actual straightforward gig, guard obligation at an undisclosed location. We do properly right here there’s a likelihood to show this right into a full time job paying six-figures performing some actual hood-rat s**t,’ he wrote.
‘Searching for any ex-military, you’ll need to qualify on a number of completely different weapon programs. Fight expertise and safety clearance most well-liked.’
Mr Hoey has in a number of interviews mentioned he and his males are ready to die or be jailed for utilizing unlawful means to assist in conflict zones.
‘The identical guidelines that bind different organisations don’t have an effect on us. We’ll discover a manner to assist, and any rule that forestalls us from serving to just isn’t a rule worthy of obeying,’ he mentioned.
SoH’s social media supervisor Kelly Eagle can also be an Australian, however now lives in Amsterdam after transferring from Sydney a number of years in the past
Father-of-four Marcus Hamilton, 45, from New Zealand labored for the group in 2015, becoming a member of when he noticed images of Syrian refugee camps
Mr Hoey wears an patch of his left eye since 2015 when his retina was ripped off throughout an ISIS mortar strike in Syria – however he fought on and hit again.
‘I used to be answerable for bringing down two Daesh fighters. A fortunate shot from my RPG acquired one in every of their minivans; now they will’t take their children to soccer follow,’ he advised SOFREP.
‘We consider in stopping struggling on the supply; we’ll run out of bandages earlier than they run out of bullets, which is how we justify choosing up rifles and doing what we do. It is the type of answer that few perceive, however it’s essential.’
‘Hawk’ has the same outlook, difficult extremist organisations to come back and get him in the event that they needed revenge.
‘I’ve taken steps to guard my household and private life from retribution. It is essential that individuals see that there are these keen to face up and battle with out worry for individuals who are thought of misplaced or past attain,’ he mentioned.
‘Persons are pressured into the shadows and ignored by the worldwide group. They do not have a alternative. I do. I hope that by standing with them publicly I can encourage others to do the identical.
‘Moreover, I would love one other crack at ISIS they usually have an open invitation to go to me and talk about my views any time they like.’
A person arrested over infamous bikie Nick Martin describes himself an adrenaline junkie and describes his Polish girlfriend as his rock
Different posts painting him as animal lover. He is pictured taking a selfie with a quokka
He was additionally described as an ‘adrenaline junkie’, with a ardour for wingsuit BASE-jumping, which has seen him star in documentaries and ‘compete on the world stage’.
‘Given his love for leaping off tall buildings and mountains, the native Kurds have given him the title Baz, which merely means “Hawk”,’ the group wrote on-line.
‘He has said to us that whereas he loves the adventurous life, it’s egocentric that he pursues these dangers merely for his personal profit.’
‘[He said] “Anybody can danger their life BASEjumping. However with Shadows of Hope, at the very least I’m risking mine to assist others.”
The person portrays himself on social media as a faithful boyfriend with a love for journey.
Dozens of images on his Fb web page present the person paragliding, mountaineering skydiving and base leaping from buildings.
‘Life is not about how briskly you run, or how excessive you climb, it is about how properly you bounce,’ a social media put up from 5 months in the past states.
The suspect portrays himself as an adrenaline junkie on social media with dozens of images pf him skydiving
One of many doable shooter areas beforehand recognized on the Perth Motorplex. An extended shot would point out a sniper, consultants say
He additionally overtly expresses his love for his Polish girlfriend, posing collectively for images whereas mountaineering, selfies with quokkas and celebrating their one yr anniversary.
‘One yr since I met my little Polish potato. She was apeeling from the very starch and instantly we fell in love! I yam actually glad we met, here is to many extra! P.s. This is not a photograph of us getting married, we simply at all times look superb,’ he wrote.
The suspect additionally portrays himself as a humanitarian with posts exhibits him in an Iraqi hospital wearing medical scrubs.
‘Temporary calm second earlier than the extreme chaos of an Iraqi ER! It was so superb seeing this staff of badasses in motion in any case of our coaching!! Prewarming fluids with our physique warmth whereas we prep the ER for the arrival of some casualties of ISIS,’ he captioned one put up.
One other exhibits him treating a wounded affected person laying on a hospital trolley.
‘Emergency surgical procedure on my buddies #friendshipgoals,’ the put up states.
One other describes his time working in Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
‘Have beloved each minute of my time right here within the ER in Sulay working with Sulays newest superb Docs!’ a December 19 put up learn.
Martin (pictured) died within the arms of his spouse Amanda as she tried to provide him CPR. His final phrases have been: ‘babe, I have been shot’
Rebels bikie Nick Martin was riden in to Pinnaroo Cemetery in a coffin lined in photos of $100 payments (pictured) at his extravagant bikie funeral on December 23
These Docs are tremendous brilliant and educated and our purpose was to get them considering beneath strain, in disturbing environments utilizing restricted provides or assist in emergency trauma the place seconds rely.’
The person additionally portrays a softer facet with a love of animals with posts posing with quokkas and cuddling kangaroo joeys whereas urging others to contemplate turning into volunteer wildlife carers.
Police are nonetheless grilling the person over the high-profile execution and are anticipated to put fees on Tuesday.
Forensics groups and detectives, together with Australian Federal Police, spent all of Monday afternoon sweeping the person’s residence in Waikiki.
Police spent a substantial period of time analyzing a ship parked out the entrance and a bike earlier than taking each objects away.
Different investigators have been seen scouring bushland surrounding the salt water flats alongside Security Bay Street, in close by Warnbro, earlier than loading proof baggage into autos.
A automotive and boat have been additionally towed away, Seven Information reported.
Police raided the person’s residence in Waikiki on Monday, seizing a number of objects, with forensic groups scouring close by bushland at Warnbro
Police seized a ship from his Shoalhaven Place property on Monday
Armed officers fashioned a hoop of metal across the station on Monday night time in a bid to guard the person amid fears of a bikie revenge assault.
Shocked neighbours mentioned the person and his girlfriend have been ‘mannequin neighbours’ who at all times regarded out for the group.
Martin, 51, was shot within the again at a packed drag racing occasion on the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Seashore at 8.30pm on Saturday, December 12.
He died on the scene in entrance of tons of of horrified households and youngsters together with his personal spouse and step-daughter.
After being hit, Martin advised his spouse Amanda: ‘babe, I have been shot’, as she tried to provide him CPR whereas he died in her arms.
One other man, convicted drug vendor Ricky Chapman, was injured within the taking pictures on the Kwinana raceway, south of Perth.
Police mentioned the identical bullet that killed Martin had handed by way of to harm Chapman – and a bullet fragment was recovered from his arm.
WA Police reportedly tried to work out whether or not the sniper shot the bikie from an space near bushland on the sting of the motor complicated.
It’s thought that surveillance cameras on the complicated may yield some clues to the general public killing that shocked the nation, with a rest room block 20 metres from the place Martin was sitting considered probably the most priceless.