THE State Government has requested an urgent
briefing from police on the likely impact of the Finks
takeover by the international Mongols bikie gang.
Police Minister Michael
O'Brien has confirmed he had requested the briefing from acting
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, as reaction to the renewed
push by bikie gangs to expand throughout the nation unfolded.
The new measures are likely to include a ban
on bikies owning and operating tattoo parlours, a ban on gang
colours being worn in licensed premises, specific locations
being off limits to gang members and clubhouses being outlawed.
"We've made substantial changes to organised
crime laws in South Australia and we are still observing the
effects of these laws in the field,'' Mr Rau said.
"Any good idea that has a positive affect on
reducing crime will always be looked at and I'll be raising
these matters with the Queensland Attorney-General next week.
"We will also continue to work closely with
police on these matters,
ensuring they have the legislative tools they require to fight
Police do not believe the merger will further
increase tensions with other gangs - particularly the Hells
Angels gang, which is sworn enemies with the Mongols - because
the Finks are already at war with the Hells Angels in SA.
Senior officers have warned the patch-over
would not impact imminent moves in the Supreme Court seeking to
have the Finks declared a criminal organisation.
While a similar move against the gang was
defeated in the High Court in 2011, the Serious and Organised
Crime Control Act has since been amended and police and the
Government are confident it will withstand another anticipated
The patch-over will see the Mongols become one
of the largest bikie gangs in Australia with around 400 members.
The gang has around 1500 members worldwide
with chapters in the US, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Thailand,
Germany, Malaysia, France and Israel. It first surfaced in
Australia on the NSW central coast in March this year and
shifted its influence to the Gold Coast in June.
The gang's website was recently updated to
include a directory to chapters in each capital city, although
the Adelaide directory is not yet complete with detail.