Glamorous long-time girlfriend of fugitive bikie boss Mark Buddle reveals they’ve SPLIT – as details emerge about how the Comanchero tied the knot in a ‘fake marriage’ while on the run
- Mel Ter Wisscha has revealed she has split from long-time partner Mark Buddle
- Buddle was arrested in Cyprus on July 9 and was transported to a Turkish jail
- Australian Police have no warrant for his arrest due to lack of evidence
- People must be facing charges worth one year imprisonment to be extradited
The glamourous long-time girlfriend of fugitive bikie boss Mark Buddle has revealed the couple have broken up.
Mel Ter Wisscha and the Comanchero kingpin moved to Dubai in 2016 with their two children after the bikie found himself in the crosshairs of Australian police.
But after spending five years together in the United Arab Emirates, Ms Ter Wisscha said the couple went their separate ways in July 2021 as she moved to Bodrum in Turkey and he went to Northern Cyprus.
‘I haven’t seen Mark for a year. He’s the father of my children. They see him, I don’t,’ Ms Ter Wisscha told The Daily Telegraph.
‘I haven’t left Turkey.
Mel Ter Wisscha (pictured) said she has broken up with Mark Buddle and has not seen the father of her children for a year
Buddle left Dubai after video emerged showing him fighting tourists at resort pool. He then hopped between numerous countries before settling in Cyprus
‘My kids have gone to and from (Northern Cyprus) but I have stayed away.’
The revelation comes as sources claim Buddle married a woman called Ozge, a few months after he arrived in Northern Cyprus.
According to the sources, Buddle’s marriage to Ozge – one of his former employees – is ‘fake’ and the pair were living together at one of his three properties in the Iskele area of Kyrenia, also known as Girne, where he was arrested earlier this month.
Buddle, 44, who fled Australia in 2016 after being wanted in connection with several murders, was captured while returning to his hideout on the Mediterranean island on July 9 and was then transferred to a Turkish prison.
Australian authorities have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to extradite Buddle.
But as it currently stands, no Australian law enforcement agency has a warrant out for his arrest – even though he is often dubbed Australia’s most wanted man.
Without charges it will be impossible under international law to extradite the notorious underworld figure.
Buddle (pictured with Ter Wisscha) is facing extradition from Turkey to Australia
Buddle has however appeared on the Australian Priority Organisation Target list which names about 15 people the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission identifies as major organised crime leaders.
The fugitive bikie became leader of the infamous Comanchero gang in 2009 after the former leader, Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, was jailed for a fatal brawl at Sydney Airport.
He fled Australia in 2016 with Ter Wisscha for Dubai after being named a person of interest in a 2010 armed robbery where a security guard was killed.
Buddle then flitted between a range of countries including Greece, Turkey and Iraq before settling in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus where he received a residency permit on the grounds his ‘high income’ would bring wealth to the territory.
But authorities later ruled that the his presence was ‘inconvenient in terms of public peace and security’.
Buddle (pictured in Comanchero gear) fled Australia in 2016 after becoming the bikie gang leader in 2009
That led to a top-secret mission involving the National Turkish Coast Guard Command, local police and Interpol agents raiding his hideout.
Buddle had recently left his safe haven on the island nation to meet with a high-profile international member of the gang in Germany.
When he returned officers from the clandestine operation swooped.
But it may prove extremely difficult to bring Buddle back home.
Australian fugitives can only be extradited from Turkey if they are charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment for at least one year.
Under normal circumstances it would be highly unusual for police to press charges against a person who has been living overseas for five years without any new evidence.
Mel Ter Wisscha posted this photo from a daybed resort in Bodrum Turkey after Buddle’s arrest
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.
Authorities have not yet laid any charges against Buddle.