The Courier-Mail’s weekend edition carried an interesting
feature on “Mad” Ron Bakir, the Gold Coast entrepreneur who’s funding
Schapelle Corby’s legal team in Bali – the full story is here.

Late last week his older brother Yassar Bakir was arrested and
charged with extortion, assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful
damage on the Gold Coast.

A Crikey reader writes:

Did Saturday’s Courier-Mail front page article fail to join some dots?

Ron’s brother is reported as a member of the Finks motorcycle club. TheCourier-Mail
article falls short in confirming if the Finks have a financial, or
maybe even an equity involvement, in at least one Gold Coast nightclub.

Would an investigative reporter be able to confirm the involvement of
motorcycle clubs in the Gold Coast nightclub scene? Could they possibly
discover the behind-the-scenes “equity” ownership of some of these
clubs by motorcycle clubs? Does anyone know if the Gold Coast
nightclubs have an illicit drug problem? One wonders what the Liquor
Licensing officials in Queensland think of it all?

If Ron’s brother is a reported Finks member, and the motorcycle clubs
have alleged links to the drug scene, does smoke near the fire help
Schapelle’s case?

Extortion, overseas drug trials, outlawed motorcycle clubs, Gold Coast
nighclubs, licensing laws, a bankrupted former reseller –
surely this is the background for Roger Barrett’s next paperback?

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