Police cleared over order to bikies waiting to testify
AN INTERNAL police investigation has cleared police of any wrongdoing after three Rebels motorcycle gang members waiting to testify at a trial inside Maroochydore Courthouse were ordered to disperse or face immediate jail.
Tony Jardine, one of the three Rebels targeted by the directive, wrote to Police Minister Jack Dempsey to complain it served to deny "the Incorporation the right to present its witnesses to the court".
"The actions of this officer was intimidation of witnesses and perverted the course of justice," Mr Jardine wrote in an email to Mr Dempsey.
"This is one example of police abusing the laws. This happened in front of many people and everybody was totally shocked by what this country has come to."
The incident occurred on the second floor of the courthouse last Wednesday.
A police spokesman said yesterday the police did nothing wrong.
"Police did not provide a direction to disperse from the courthouse which would inhibit any opportunity to provide evidence," the spokesman said.
Mr Jardine wrote that he "looked forward" to being contacted about any investigation, but it is an offer Mr Dempsey won't be taking up.
"The Minister has met and will continue to meet with law-abiding recreational motorcycle riders to discuss these laws," a spokeswoman said.
"It is not appropriate for the Minister to meet with members of a group which has been declared a criminal organisation."
Also in the letter, the senior Rebel suggested police had fabricated arrest figures since the anti-bike laws came in.
"All statistics in relation to Criminal Motorcycle Gangs are collated independently from Operation Resolute and extracted from a police database," Police Media said.
FULL RESPONSE FROM THE MINISTER'S OFFICE TO DAILY'S QUERIES OVER REBELS' CLAIMS
The Minister receives at least 200 pieces of correspondence from the general public each week which is responded to in due course. The Minister is not able to comment on details of correspondence due to privacy reasons.
The Minister does not discuss operational matters. The Minister has total confidence the Queensland Police Service is carrying out its duties with professionalism and integrity.
Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the new laws which target criminal gangs and thugs who threaten the safety of Queensland communities. These criminals and thugs use their standover and intimidation tactics to bully people in the community, no matter who they are. This is why the State Government is taking the measures to crack down on criminal gangs and thugs to dismantle and eliminate them and their activities from Queensland.
The Minister has met and will continue to meet with law abiding recreational motorcycle riders to discuss these laws. It is not appropriate for the Minister to meet with members of a group which has been declared a criminal organisation.