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Rebels: we are not criminals

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Ilya Gridneff

''I didn't say we are squeaky clean'' ... Rebels motorcycle club members at their bike and car show open day in Bringelly.

''I didn't say we are squeaky clean'' ... Rebels motorcycle club members at their bike and car show open day in Bringelly. 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 press conference on Saturday at the club headquarters in Bringelly after the Attero Task Force this week announced more than 500 charges and 300 arrests for club members.

He said: ''We are not a criminal organisation.''

Rebels Motorcycle club members at their bike and car show open day in Bringelly, Sydney. Click for more photos

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

''I didn't say we are squeaky clean,'' he added.

''You always have black sheep that think the club will not know about it but once we do they're out.''

Mr Vella said of the 300 arrests only 78 Rebels had been charged.

''… all they ever have against us is traffic infringements like defects on helmets or handlebars,'' he said.

Mr Vella declined to comment about the recent infighting of the Comancheros bikie club.

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