Bikies plan court battle

THE NSW Government is preparing to "vigorously defend" the constitutional validity of tough bikie reforms after four high-ranking Nomads members vowed to fight new consorting laws in court.

Under the new legislation, members of outlaw motorcycle gangs caught communicating with convicted criminals can be charged with consorting.

Nomads President Jamie Zammit and three senior members were among the first group to feel the force of the new law last month.

Lawyers for the accused argue the legislation encroaches on member's basic rights to freedom of association and have pledged to take the allegations all the way to the High Court.

On Thursday night a spokesperson for NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher said the State Government police needed to be given the power to combat organised crime.

"The government fully backs the police in using the new provisions to disrupt organised crime groups and prevent their members from associating to plan and commit crimes," Mr Gallacher said

"We have every confidence in both the investigating police and in the senior police prosecutor who is running the case.


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