Yandina Five post pictures of themselves in supporter T-shirts
- The Courier-Mail
- January 22, 2014
The stunt has angered Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, who has urged Queenslanders to see through the "hysteria" surrounding the group.
Mr Bleijie said "the gangs had their spin and scaremongering machines running at top gear", to the extent that supporters of the group were selling shirts on Facebook and urging people to "photobomb" Premier Campbell Newman or Mr Bleijie while wearing them.
The men were arrested last month over a November pub gathering on the Sunshine Coast that allegedly broke the Newman Government's anti-association laws.
Mr Bleijie yesterday confirmed the Facebook page, which has close to 14,000 likes, was within the law.
His spokesman later said the photo did not break anti-association laws, which make it a criminal offence for three or more members of a criminal organisation to meet in a public place, because it was taken in a private home.
Scott Conley, 36, Joshua Carew, 30, Dan Whale, 26, and Paul Lansdowne, 57, are out of jail and awaiting trial in coming months.
Steven Smith, 28, remains behind bars in solitary confinement after the Supreme Court upheld the Chief Magistrate's refusal of bail because Smithhe had refused to resign from the Rebels.
The group is also attempting to turn a dollar from the case, with the Facebook page being used as a platform for the sale of the $30 "Free the Yandina 5" T-shirts with buyers encouraged to send in "creative" photos of themselves.
"Special Prize if you can photobomb Campbell Newman or Jarrod Bleijie with your shirt on", reads a post on the site.
Mr Bleijie said it was inappropriate to comment on specific matters before the court, but urged calm.
"T-shirts, retweets and likes don't count in court, and I urge everyone to see through the hysteria and stunts and wait for the final court outcome," he said.
"We are talking about sophisticated criminal networks who are technologically savvy and experts at playing the poor misunderstood act.
"Criminal motorcycle gangs have even hired PR companies in the past to paint a false picture of innocence."
Meanwhile, NSW police yesterday angrily dismissed talk of a Queensland bikie migration across the border as "a myth unsupported by evidence".
The Courier-Mail on Wednesday published aerial surveillance pictures of Rebels bikies riding freely in northern NSW and meeting with members of the Odins Warriors gang at Tweed Heads.