Rebels Motorcycle club members
Portraits of Rebels Motorcycle club members at their bike and car show open day. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Janie Barrett
THE president of the Rebels motorcycle club has rejected police claims the organisation is a front for criminal activity, saying their only offences are minor traffic infringements.
Veteran Rebels leader Alex Vella held a news conference on Saturday at the club headquarters in Bringelly to return fire over the multiagency Attero Task Force that earlier this week announced more than 500 charges and 300 arrests for club members.
''It's ridiculous,'' he said. ''We are not a criminal organisation.
''I didn't say we are squeaky clean.
''You always have black sheep that think the club will not know about it, but once we do, they're out.''
Mr Vella said the Australian Crime Commission-led task force announcement was a PR stunt by the government and police.
He said of the 300 arrests only 78 Rebels had been charged.
''Police harass, intimidate and pursue us because we are an easy target. But all they ever have against us is traffic infringements like defects on helmets or handlebars,'' he said.
Rebel leaders, who flanked Mr Vella, said they were pushing back and speaking out due to unnecessary police attention and the constant negative portrayal of the club.
Mr Vella declined to comment about the infighting at the Comancheros bikie club that led to Faalau Pisu being shot dead and another member John Devine shot two days later.