Police have dropped their case against three alleged Mongols who met at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast. Photo: Simon Alekna
Queensland police have dropped the case against the first three men charged under the state's controversial anti-association laws.
Prosecutors on Wednesday offered no evidence against alleged Mongols bikies James Cleave, Leslie Markham and Bradley Baker, who were arrested in November 2013 for gathering in a group of three or more at the Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast.
"They were lawfully there, they spent the night in the accommodation - which was lawful," solicitor Michael Gatenby told ABC radio on Thursday.
"When they attempted to pay the bill, regrettably, the third person came over to check the bill and that's when their conduct became unlawful."
Queensland's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act was introduced in 2013 by the former Newman government in response to a now-infamous bikie brawl outside a Surfers Paradise restaurant.
The laws made it illegal for bikies to wear club insignia in public, use club houses and gather in a group of three or more.
It also mandated higher minimum sentences for any office bearer found guilty of serious crimes, such as drug trafficking, and reversed the expectation that bail would be granted to accused bikies unless opposed.
The laws were criticised by civil libertarians as draconian and stirred up outrage by recreational motorcyclist groups.
A High Court challenge to the act mounted by 17 motorcycle gangs was struck out in November 2014.
The Palaszczuk government is conducting an inquiry into the effectiveness of the legislation, with a report expected at the end of the year.