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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Bid to silence a potential Hells Angel witness to the airport fight

32-year-old, who was hit by several bullets, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.Gangs Squad Commander Superintendent Mal Lanyon said he believed the gunman was a rival biker.
"I think it's probably realistic that we will be looking at other motorcycle gangs," he said.Police have suggested the shooting may have been a bid to silence a potential witness to the airport fight.
The violence broke out between Hells Angels and rival Comanchero gang when they got off a flight from Melbourne.Anthony Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned to death with metal poles during the incident.Five men connected to the Comancheros have been charged.The incident comes as Australian police have launched a crackdown on rising violence Among biker gangs.The New South Wales state government is considering new laws which would see some motorcycle groups banned.
State Premier Nathan Rees said the move is a notice to bikers "that your days are up. It's finished".Hells Angel who witnessed the killing of his younger brother in a bloody brawl at Sydney Airport nine days ago may break the bikie code of silence after being shot in his driveway.Police found 32-year-old Peter Zervas leaning against a white Hyundai Excel next to pools of his own blood in front of his apartment, in Lakemba in Sydney's southwest, just before midnight on Sunday. Superintendent Peter Lennon of Campsie Local Area Command refused to identify the shooting victim, but said police had already spoken to him at his bedside in St George Hospital and expected him to "co-operate" with investigators. "Because of his medical condition, we will go back to conduct further inquiries with him at the appropriate time," Superintendent Lennon said. Zervas had not sought police protection, despite being a potential star witness to the killing of Anthony Zervas, 29, who died after being bludgeoned with a security bollard. A lawyer for five Comancheros facing charges over the brawl, alleged to have involved 15 Hells Angels and Comancheros bikies, urged people not to assume the rival gang was involved in the Sunday attack.


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