Two senior Adelaide bikies banished to immigration detention amid SA
Government crackdown on organised crime
TWO senior Adelaide bikies have been banished to
immigration detention and face deportation after their visas were cancelled.
More than 200 criminal bikie-gang members are
being eyeballed in South Australia as the Government cracks down on organised
that Mongols treasurer Andrew Peter Stevens and key Comanchero Paul Burgess were
taken into custody in Adelaide on Thursday morning.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has cancelled
the visas of the UK-born men and authorities plan to deport them.
They will now join a cast of hundreds of
detainees held for breaching “character requirement” laws. Mr Dutton said the
Government was “determined to protect our borders and to make our community a
“Criminal bikie gangs pose a great threat to
communities through many criminal activities including drug trafficking,” he
“We won’t tolerate them coming to our country and
thinking they can commit serious crime and remain here.
“If they’re here on a visa and involved in
criminal activity, we will act to remove them and eliminate the threat they
From detention, the men can appeal against the
However, if successful, Mr Dutton can immediately
cancel it again. He did just that on Thursday with New Zealand-born bikie Aaron
Joe “AJ” Graham.
“Following the Federal Court’s judgment today,
the minister has considered AJ Graham’s case again and has decided to again
cancel his visa,” Mr Dutton’s spokesman said.
“He will remain in immigration detention or
alternatively can return to New Zealand while there is any appeal.”
The Immigration Minister can cancel a
foreign-born person’s visa under Section 501 — the character requirement.
People are considered to have failed the
character test if they have a substantial criminal record, if they have escaped
for immigration detention, and a range of other breaches.
One of the more controversial aspects of the
legislation because it is broad is that a visa can be cancelled if “you are or
have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association
with a person, group, or organisation that the Minister reasonably suspects of
being involved in criminal conduct.”
Hundreds of bikies, sex offenders and drug
traffickers have had their visas cancelled, including more than 80 in the past
They end up in detention on Christmas Island or
around the nation. Adelaide underworld figure Leonard Gjeka was deported to his
native Albania in late 2014.
Richmond AFL footballer Dustin Martin’s father
had links to bikie gangs and was deported to New Zealand earlier this year.
Earlier this year Mr Dutton said the Australian
Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Border Force,
state police and intelligence agencies were working together to target outlaw
motorcycle gangs “committing all sorts of serious crimes including extortion and
“Our Government is very happy to declare war on
outlaw motorcycle gang members because they are peddling in drugs, they are
causing misery to mums and dads who have children, teenage children,” he said.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan said they “are
the public face of organised crime in Australia”.