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Mustafa Baydar, under investigation by anti-bikie taskforce, allowed to attend gym with Comanchero links

A MAN under investigation by the anti-bikie taskforce has been allowed to continue going to a gym with known Comanchero links.

Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday heard Mustafa Baydar, 28, was under investigation by members of Taskforce Echo when he was found with two mobile phones and $30,000 worth of $50 and $100 notes in his car on November 17 — believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Police said Baydar seemed “nervous and erratic” when he was pulled over.

The court heard that when police went to Baydar’s house in Narre Warren South on a search warrant, a man riding a motorbike tried to “bait” them by doing burnouts on the street and pointing “finger guns” at them.

A search of the house revealed a .22 calibre handgun in Baydar’s bedroom.

Magistrate Jack Vandersteen said he had not been made aware that the anti-bikie taskforce was involved in the case when he last granted Baydar bail, and said he wasn’t told anything about a man baiting police during the search.

Mr Vandersteen said the Nitro gym, where Baydar trained, had known links to the Comancheros.

He rejected the defence’s request for a sentencing indication.

“I was not told about any of this in the original bail application and I should have been,” he said.

The court heard Baydar was the main carer for his grandfather, who was suffering from cancer and the family owned a kebab shop.


Mustafa Baydar was bailed to reappear on February 15.