30 Mar 2009

Sydney's bikie war intensifies, man shot

8:12 pm on 30 March 2009

A man gunned down in front of his home in Sydney's southwest is believed to be a Hells Angels bikie whose brother was man bludgeoned to death at Sydney airport.

Peter Zervas, 32, is believed to be the victim, shot several times at about 11.30pm on Sunday while getting out of his vehicle outside a unit block in Punchbowl Road, Lakemba.

Police have not released the identity of the victim, but several media sources have named him as Peter Zervas.

It appears he pulled up at the unit block in a car and was shot several times when he got out of the vehicle. A man was seen fleeing from the unit block.

The victim was rushed by ambulance to St George Hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds. Police say he remains in a serious but stable condition.

His brother Anthony Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned to death during a brawl between 15 members of the Hells Angels and the rival bikie gang the Comancheros in the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on 22 March.

NSW to push ahead with bikie laws

New South Wales premier Nathan Rees has vowed to push ahead with laws to make it illegal for bikies to associate with one another, despite objections from legal and civil liberties groups.

The proposed state laws, enabling Supreme Court judges to ban bikie gangs, have the firm backing of police and the NSW opposition.

Mr Rees and the state's attorney-general John Hatzistergos on Sunday outlined tough new legislation calling for jail terms of two to five years for bikie gang members caught associating with one another after a gang is banned.

He said not every bikie gang would necessarily be targeted.

Mr Rees acknowledged there were concerns over people's freedom of association but said it was appropriate if the government got "the balance right".

The proposal follows the fatal gang brawl at Sydney airport.

Mr Hatzistergos said the New South Wales approach would differ in several ways from the strategy adopted in South Australia's anti-bikie legislation.

He said a Supreme Court judge would decide whether a bikie group should be banned.

That would require an application by the police commissioner based on intelligence to identify the particular group in question and to identify the individuals who form part of that group," he said.

Both the New South Wales Council of Civil Liberties and the Law Society said current laws were sufficient.