Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Disclaimer: The Parliamentary Library does not warrant or accept liability for the accuracy or usefulness of the transcripts. These are copied directly from the broadcaster's website.
Bikie chief surrenders to police -

View in ParlViewView other Segments

Reporter: Michael Edwards

PETER CAVE: A man allegedly at the centre of Sydney's bikie gang feud has today surrendered himself
to the police.

They've wanted to question the Comanchero motorcycle club president Mick Hawi for days now
following the fatal brawl at Sydney Airport late last month.

Five other Comanchero members have been arrested over the fight which resulted in the death of a
Hells Angels associate, Anthony Zervas.

Anthony Zervas's brother Peter - was shot last week.

Last Thursday police searched Mick Hawi's house said they believed he was in hiding.

But the bikie gang leader's lawyers say that isn't true that their client has always been ready to
co-operate with the police.

Michael Edwards has this report.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Sydney's media were alerted to Mick Hawi's surrender to police via a statement
from his lawyer, Lesly Randle.

LESLY RANDLE: In accordance with arrangements that were made with the authorities last week, Mr
Hawi presented himself this morning and he was placed under arrest.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Today's arrest of the 28-year-old Comanchero president comes after an
investigation by New South Wales Police into a fatal fight at Sydney Airport last month.

Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas died of injuries he received in the fight.

It's alleged members of the Comanchero motorcycle gang squared off against members of the Hells

Five other Comanchero members have been arrested over the brawl.

Lesly Randle says she doesn't yet know the details of the case against Mr Hawi.

LESLY RANDLE: No I haven't been informed as to what the case is. I'm led to believe it's a similar
case against Mr Hawi, as it is against the other persons which I represent.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: That's the affray relating to the brawl at Sydney Airport.

LESLY RANDLE: Yes that's right.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Bikie-gang related violence has put Sydney on edge in recent weeks.

The city has been wracked by bombings, drive-by shootings and last week Anthony Zervas's brother -
Hells Angels member - Peter - was repeatedly shot.

There's been speculation gangs have been amassing arsenals and that there's even been a price put
on the life of Mick Hawi.

It was believed Mick Hawi had been hiding from police. But Lesly Randle says this isn't the case.

LESLY RANDLE: At no stage has there been any breakdown in communication between Mr Hawi's legal
representatives and the authorities. And in fact Mr Corn (phonetic) was in hospital Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday last week which made him unavailable to attend the police station and/or appeal
Mr Hawi's behalf at court.

That was the only cause of the delay in Mr Hawi attending on police which he did today.

And in fact during that entire period of time the authorities were always informed as to our
position and that Mr Hawi continued to be willing to present himself to police.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: So he wasn't hiding in any way?


MICHAEL EDWARDS: The New South Wales Police say today's arrest sends a clear message that the force
is committed to combating violence by outlaw motor cycle gangs and their associates.

The arrest comes as the New South Wales Government has implemented harsh new laws designed to
combat bikie gangs.

It's been reported police have stepped up security around the state's Premier Nathan Rees because
of the crackdown.

There's also speculation one of Sydney's major bikie gangs could soon face the wrath of these laws
by being designated as a criminal organisation.

PETER CAVE: Michael Edwards with that report.