Bikie Alex Vella’s mug shot bid to end exile
- News Limited
- November 03, 2014
The veteran bikie remains stranded in Malta after his visa was cancelled by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in June.
In his absence, the Rebels have been decimated by high-profile police operations and a leadership vacuum following the deaths of two senior ranking members.
The Let Alex Vella Return to Australia Facebook page, which has almost 21,000 supporters, posted a link to Vella’s “official website” at the weekend.
The alexvella.com.au website includes family photographs and a biography of Vella, as well as a blog to update friends on court proceedings. In the Show your Support section, friends and bikie members can pay $50 for a black or white Alex Vella shirt with the words “Bring Him Home” on the front.
For $25, Vella’s bikie mates can secure the stubby cooler, car sticker and key ring set, with the Nelson Mandela quote, “to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”.
Since the former boxer’s visa was cancelled by Mr Morrison, NSW Police and the AFP have increased pressure on Rebels bikies across the country. Strike Force Attero – established in 2012 – has laid more than 4200 charges and been involved in the arrest and reporting of up to 3000 people.