say an application by NSW police to declare the
Hells Angels a criminal organisation is unjustified
and nothing more than political grandstanding.
on Tuesday made an application to the NSW Supreme
Court, which could see members of the motorcycle
gang arrested for consorting or wearing club
application, which will be heard on July 23, comes
after legislation was passed in the NSW parliament
last year allowing a Supreme Court judge to make
such declarations against outlaw motorcycle groups.
police praised the "significant" application, United
Motorcycle Council (UMC) chairman Mark "Ferret"
Maroney said it was unjustified and poorly timed.
is no imminent threat at the moment and there has
been no major dramas between the groups since the
change to laws last year when members of each of the
groups met and started working together," Mr Maroney
told AAP on Tuesday.
not aware of the specific grounds of the police
application and said he was yet to speak with any
member of the Hells Angels club, who traditionally
do not speak to the media.
is nothing more than political grandstanding," Mr
Maroney said of the application.
"Without this legislation the NSW government has
enough laws to control everybody. I mean, our jails
Maroney criticised the timing of Tuesday's police
announcement, which came on the second day of a
Sydney local court committal hearing involving 13
men with alleged bikie connections over a fatal
brawl at Sydney Airport.
was formed after the airport clash between members
and associates of the Hells Angels and the rival
Comancheros in March 2009, in which one man was
know full well that (the Hells Angels) lawyers are
going to be in court at the moment for the airport
matter and aren't going to be able to give this the
attention that's needed," he said.
come at a time when (this committal) is going on and
the government and police will have people thinking
that (bikers) are going to court anyway and deserve
whatever they get."
Gangs Squad Commander Mal Lanyon said the
application was based on comprehensive
investigations, evidence and legal work.