Bikies target ordinary
Queenslanders because of the car they drive or
belief they had disposable income
March 24, 201412:00AM
arrested a 28-year-old man in a
Taskforce Maxima CMG Operation,
who allegedly was President of
the Centro Chapter, Bandidos.
A HUSBAND who refused to let
bikies sleep with his wife was “fined’’ $5000 and
threatened with violence if he refused to pay.
The Brisbane man is among scores of
ordinary Queenslanders – at the wrong place at the wrong
time – who paid out thousands of dollars to former
Bandidos in the past year to stare off serious beatings.
State and federal police yesterday
launched simultaneous raids throughout Brisbane,
swooping on 12 senior members and associates, charging
them with 37 counts of extortion under Operation Lima
Police are expected soon to make an
extradition request to southeast Asia to charge a
senior member of the gang who fled after the Newman
Government introduced its tough anti-bikie laws last
It is believed the husband targeted
for his attractive wife is among several people yet to
make a formal complaint. Bikies used fists, guns and
even baseball bats while carrying out threats.
Deputy Police Commissioner Brett
Pointing has paid tribute to the “courageous’’ decisions
by seven victims who came forward in the past month.
Mr Pointing said many of the victims
who made official complaints were in their mid-to-late
20s, and could have been the law-abiding son or daughter
of any Queenslander. They were seen randomly at the gym
or in the public, and targeted because of the car they
drove or the belief that they had disposable income.