The US-based Mongols are the
self-proclaimed baddest bikie gang in the world.
They are the self-proclaimed baddest bikie
gang in the world, and they have quietly orchestrated a
takeover of an Australian gang.
It is believed up to 90 per cent of Finks
gang members nationally have gone across to the US-based
Mongols, while in Sydney close to 75 per cent of the club's
50 members switched over a fortnight ago.
The Australian links were further
highlighted in an embarrassing aside, with revelations that
Qantas and Telstra have been advertising on the Mongols' US
The reason for the patch-over is not being
publicly disclosed but a source close to the club suggested
it might be due to an internal matter.Police are also
looking at whether it was a reaction to attempts to outlaw
the Finks as an organisation in Queensland.
One bikie source said: "It's just a name
change - they are just the Finks by another name. Any
suggestion that it's going to lead to 100 Mongols flying out
from the US to back them up next time they get into a stink
is just ridiculous."
The United Motorcycle Council of NSW, set
up four years ago and comprising most of the major bikie
clubs, meets regularly to thrash out issues and is now
headed by a Mongol.
But the expansion is being closely watched
by NSW police, with the Mongols considered one of the most
notoriously violent bikie clubs in the United States.
"If you look them up internationally, you
will notice the Mongols have a major presence in the USA and
Europe," gangs squad Detective Inspector Wayne Hayes said.
"They have quite a history of violence and
The Mongols boast a slick US-based
website, which mentions four chapters in Australia and
appears to be getting so much traffic it has attracted
advertising from companies including Telstra and Qantas.
Last week the banner ads for Qantas on the
website were offering cheap flights between Melbourne and
Sydney, while News Ltd was offering digital subscriptions.
A spokeswoman for Telstra said an online
publisher that the telco used to place its advertising was
to blame and the ad would be removed.
"We employ a number of tactics, including
a developing list of sites we will, and won't, advertise
on," the spokeswoman said.
"Unfortunately on this occasion, our media
was sent to this site without being cleared by us."
A spokesman for Qantas said the airline
did not place the ad and it had ended up on the website as
part of a package of advertising Qantas had done through
It was "not the kind of website we would
knowingly advertise on", he said. It is understood the ad
has been removed from the site since Fairfax Media contacted
Until a fortnight ago the Mongols'
presence in Australia was largely unnoticeable. A chapter
was quietly set up on the central coast two years ago, but
its founder, Peter Emerton, said he no longer had anything
to do with the gang.