Former Bandidos Brisbane chapter president Mario Vosmaer (centre). Photo: Supplied
The long-time president of the Brisbane chapter of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club has resigned from his post and is set to hand in his patches.
Mario Vosmaer was among a number of Bandidos to visit lawyers on Thursday after the Newman passed controversial anti-bikie laws, Fairfax Media understands.
The Bandidos’ Moorooka clubhouse will also be dismantled, as club members attempt to circumvent the new legislation.
Prominent criminal defence lawyer Michael Bosscher confirmed Vosmaer had resigned from the club.
‘‘He’s not the only one - there are a number of them who have resigned,’’ Mr Bosscher said.
‘‘It’s a measure to not fall foul of the laws that have been passed in Parliament.’’
Mr Bosscher said he had been contacted by the prominent bikie gang on Thursday to provide members with advice about the laws which have made it an offence to ride in a group of three or more, or wear club colours.
Known as "one way Mario" for his habit of riding only one way to gang events and then flying back home, the former Bandidos president was convicted for heroin and amphetamine trafficking between 1995 and 1999.
In April last year, Vosmaer’s Moorooka car yard was set alight, just days before a East Coast Ink tattoo parlour at Mermaid Beach owned by senior Bandidos member Jacques Teamo was sprayed with bullets.
It is not clear whether the presidents of the Bandidos’ Brisbane Centro and West End chapters, George Bejat and Anthony Toumpas, also plan to hand in their patches.
Bejat and Toumpas were part of a young breed of so-called ‘‘Nike bikies’’, reportedly welcomed into the club under the leadership of president Sava Cvetkovic, the son of a Serbian Orthodox priest.
Up to 30 Bandidos have been charged with riot offences over the recent brawl outside a Broadbeach tapas restaurant which involved rival Finks associates.
Mr Bosscher said Vosmaer would soon return his club insignia to the Bandidos national branch.
The lawyer said laws that include 15-year mandatory sentences for bikies were outrageous and ill-considered.
‘‘These laws are an attempt to grab headlines without the usual processes that are involved in proper law making,’’ he said.
Under the Newman government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill, identified gang members who are convicted of a crime will have 15 years’ jail added to their sentence and a further 10 years’ jail if they are an office bearer.
News of the Bandidos’ disbandment comes after a senior bikie quit the Black Uhlans outlaw motorcycle gang because of Queensland’s bikie crackdown and his impending nuptials.
Liborio Di Vita, 36, faced Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with possessing steroids.
During the hearing, his lawyer revealed that the ex-vice president of the Black Uhlans Gold Coast chapter left the club at the start of October.
Di Vita’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum said his client wanted to change his lifestyle ahead of his wedding.
‘‘On the 3rd of October he announced he was retiring from that position and moving away from the club,’’ Mr MacCallum told the court.
‘‘He cited family reasons and a desire to have children ... he told police he’s retiring from the club due to the government crackdown and his family situation.’’
Police executed search warrants at the gang’s Burleigh Heads clubhouse, two Gold Coast businesses and three homes including a property in Beaudesert.
A loaded shotgun, steroids, cannabis and an unidentified white powder were all discovered during the search at the gang’s clubhouse.
The Black Uhlan’s raid was followed by one at the Odin Warriors clubhouse on Wednesday night.
Police went to the Moorooka clubhouse on Unwin Street ahead of a scheduled meeting, but found only one gang member present.
- with AAP