THREE very different faces of a High Court bid to knock down the Newman Government’s controversial gang laws will have to stagger their appearance at a press event because they risk arrest.
The challenge, spearheaded by a Hells Angels tattooist on behalf of the bikies’ peak body the United Motorcycle Council of Queensland, comes the same morning as the government suffered a setback to its defence of the laws.
Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff QC, who helped fend off a previous challenge to criminal organisation laws by the Finks motorcycle club in the High Court last year, and also represented the Attorney-General at similar challenges by the Finks in South Australia and the Hells Angels in NSW, has quit.
Comment was being sought from the Justice Department on his resignation.
Librarian Sally Kuether, who already faces at least six months jail under anti-association laws for visiting a Dayboro pub with two bikies, will join Hells Angel Stefan Kuczborski and Rebels bikie Mick Kosenko in fronting a UMC press conference outside the Commonwealth Court building at North Quay.
But Ms Keuther, who police charged as an alleged “participant” in the Life and Death motorcycle gang, will have to time her arrival after the departure of the two bikies so as not to be charged again under the same laws.
The Courier-Mail earlier this month revealed Mr Kuczborski, a Polish-born tattooist with few assets and a minor criminal history, would be the applicant for a legal challenge that could cost the loser up to half a million dollars.