Bandidos bikies summons Campbell Newman to court for case over infamous Gold Coast brawl

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BANDIDOS bikies have summonsed Premier Campbell Newman to appear in court on Friday to appear in a case over the infamous Gold Coast bikie brawl.

The gang has even paid the Premier’s $23.40 train fare from Brisbane to the Coast to ensure he makes it to court.

Mr Newman has been summonsed by Bandidos bikies Peter Mauric and Stephen Cox who want to vary their bail conditions so they can ‘communicate directly’ with fellow bikies.

Mauric and Cox were charged with rioting over the brawl outside a Broadbeach restaurant last September which led to the tough new anti-bikie laws. Mauric was also allegedly armed with a screwdriver.

They say the Government’s new anti-association laws are stopping them from working, going shopping, attending their children’s sports matches, discussing politics and even participating in Anzac Day marches in case they run into other Bandidos and are ‘thrown in jail’.

Their lawyer, Zali Burrows, said her clients had tried to have their bail varied several times without success and had decided to summons Mr Newman as a witness.

She said she served the summons on Mr Newman at the Executive Building in Brisbane today.

Ms Burrows would not reveal why she wanted the Premier summonsed but said she expected him to turn up.

“He is under the same laws as we all are,’’ she said.

“Most likely he will have a lawyer or barrister turn up and try to get it set aside. If he doesn’t turn up, it will be interesting to see if the magistrate issues a warrant. The boys (Mauric and Cox) have even paid his train fare so he has no excuse not to be here.’’

Premier Campbell Newman said he was not aware of the summons.

“That’s news to me,” he said when asked about the summons at a Woolloongabba press conference.

“I’m blissfully unaware of anyone trying to serve me papers.

“If that happens, so be it – I’ll be in a position to comment.”

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