Ex-bikie George Bejat walks free from court as extortion charges dropped
EX-BANDIDOS Centro chapter president George Bejat says he has “big plans” after extortion offences were dropped in court yesterday, ending a string of charges against him.
Bejat, 29, and former sergeant-at-arms Zivko Stojakovic, 29, had been charged with extorting celebrity hairdresser Fadi Haddad in 2013, however prosecutors decided that a trial should not go ahead, with all of the charges dropped.
Bejat, who once drove around Brisbane in a Lamborghini Gallardo, told The Courier-Mail he was glad that the multiple court cases were over.
“I’ve got big plans now,” Bejat said when
asked what he would do in the future now his passport had been returned.
“I’ve had all my charges dropped, assaults everything.
“It’s good to be free again after 2½ years.
“My lawyers have done a good job. I’m a free man today.”
Bejat was president of the notorious
Centro chapter of the Bandidos when the former Newman government introduced
new laws after a brawl at Broadbeach.
He was charged in relation to the incident but escaped with a $1750 fine.
Bejat was also charged over an alleged assault of two men, but those charges were also dropped.
This will be lifted in May.
In relation to the extortion charges, Mr Haddad had told a court hearing that the police had “caused more headaches” than the bikies and had visited him seven times after he made a complaint.
He said police had told him to make a complaint before he withdrew it in 2014.
The court was told he had been visited by Bejat and Stojakovic about a debt he owed for building work.
When asked if he felt he had been targeted in relation to all of the matters, Bejat said: “The court showed if I had been targeted or not. I’ve been found not guilty of all charges.
“I’m just glad it’s all over.
“It took a while but it’s finished.”