Salon owner Mr Haddad was the biggest
financial target in a web of alleged Bandidos rackets
targeting ordinary Queenslanders, including one gym-goer
beaten so badly his eye was forced into his brain cavity.
Fadi Haddad was allegedly stood over by
bikies. Picture: News Limited.
A dozen people – half of them allegedly
former gang presidents and sergeants-at-arms – were scooped
up on 46 charges, including 37 of extortion.
Mr Haddad closed his Brisbane salon last
year after it was stormed by Bandidos leaders who threatened
violence in front of terrified customers and staff and
Then-Centro chapter president George Bejat
and his sergeant-at-arms Zivko Stojakovic were collecting on
a $100,000 debt originally owed to GT Building Developments
for fitting out a hairdressing salon on the Gold Coast,
police will allege.
man is taken away by police after the raids.
Picture: Jack Tran
Bejat, 28, who owns a share of a tattoo
parlour on Milton’s Park Rd cafe strip with Stojakovic, 27,
recently bought a $130,000 Lamborghini. Ex-West End chapter
president Anthony Toumpas faces five counts of extortion and
assault, while a warrant is out for his former
sergeant-at-arms, currently in Thailand, for extortion,
assault, violent threats and stalking.
Det Supt Niland said the operation had
unmasked “the true nature of these gangs who work together
to standover and bully people”.
GT Building Developments was in dispute
with Mr Haddad over its work on a salon he opened within the
luxury Hilton Hotel development on the Gold Coast.
The building firm is part-owned by Gianni
Grollo, a cousin of Melbourne building magnate Daniel Grollo
and son-in-law of pokies billionaire Bruce Mathieson.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith speaks to
the media after yesterday’s raids. Picture:
Gianni Grollo’s business partner Kris
Chambers was taken for questioning by detectives, who led
him through the firm’s Beenleigh office but did not lay any
Another co-owner of the firm, David Tomsic,
The Courier-Mail that he did not believe the firm had
referred the debt to the bikies.
“To me it sounds like a crock of shit.
It’s not his nature.” he said. “All I know is the guy we
done a job for owed some money and I know Kris spoke to him
a couple of times, I spoke to him a couple of times, but as
for bikies and all that, it just sounds like a load of