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Bandidos suspect linked to execution-style shooting of Jei 'Jack' Lee at Brisbane shopping centre flees


A BANDIDOS bikie with suspected links to the execution-style murder of Eight Mile Plains man Jei "Jack'' Lee outside a busy Brisbane southside shopping centre has fled overseas.

Two men connected to the Bandidos Centro chapter, Bogdan Cuic and Marko Cokaro, have been named in court documents as persons of interest in the April 12 murder of Lee, 22, who was gunned down at point blank range in the carpark of Warrigal Square shopping centre.

The Courier-Mail understands at least one of the men has since left the country.

Their associate, Bosko Cuic, was jailed indefinitely on June 8 for refusing to answer questions in a Crime and Misconduct Commission star chamber.

Court documents reveal Cuic was asked about his knowledge of the role of two men linked to the Bandidos Centro chapter  Bogdan Cuic and Marko Cokaro  in "the alleged murder of Jack Lee at Sunnybank on April 12''.

Bosko Cuic, who was without a lawyer, refused to answer, telling his interrogator he "didn't give a s- - - '' about being jailed for contempt.

The CMC last month began an investigation into suspected serious drug and violence offences by Centro members, codenamed "Kilo Minerva''.

Lee, who as a teenager had a minor criminal history running with a Sunnybank street gang called "the JJ's'', was shot in the head after going to meet a man driving a BMW coupe just after 7pm on April 12.

Witnesses at the sushi restaurant, where Lee had been sitting with friends, said he took a phone call moments before he was slain. A source told The Courier-Mail the shooting was over a "$15,000 drug deal'', and Lee's friends, who stayed in the restaurant, had "smelled a rat''.

Lee's father Sam Lee said yesterday that nothing surprised him any more, but he'd seen "no signs'' his son was embroiled in drug-related violence.

Mr Lee said his son had no savings - not even enough to buy a second-hand car.

"If he was involved in drugs that night, it still doesn't explain why he was shot,'' he said.

"I was with Jack every day this year  he worked with me at the mechanic shop  and I love him very much.

"He's gone now and that makes me very sad.''

Police divers scoured a Sunnybank pond and the Brisbane River at Riverhills but did not find the murder weapon.

"The Courier-Mail understands Lee had been muscling in on Bandidos' drug-running turf on Brisbane's southside and his execution was, according to police, "deliberate, intentional and focused''.

At 18, Lee was sentenced to 240 hours' community service for his role in a group assault on another young man who had refused to join his gang.




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