A huge contingent of police has gathered outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court ahead of an look by union heavyweights John Setka and Shaun Reardon.
Police have been out in force which includes on horseback, outside the court as dozens of CFMEU members gathered to show their support for the state secretary Setka and his deputy Reardon who have been each charged with blackmail on the weekend.
CFMEU members marched outside the court shouting: “Johnny Setka, here to remain! Shaun Reardon, here to keep!”
The charges are linked to a long-operating dispute with concrete firm Boral.
The men had been arrested and charged by a taskforce set up to investigate matters arising from the royal commission into trade union corruption.
The men are expected to seem in court shortly.
Subjects: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, unions, melbourne-3000
Agen Sabung Ayam
An order banning the Australian Federal Police (AFP) from examining documents seized from the Queensland branch of the Building, Forestry, Mining and Power Union (CFMEU) has been extended till next year.
A complete hearing on the validity of the search warrants used to execute the raid on the union’s Brisbane office final month will be heard at the end of February.
Until then an interim order preventing police from using the documents remains in place.
At a directions hearing in the Federal Court, barrister for the AFP Roger Derrington QC asked for the matter to be dealt with “expeditiously”.
“Investigations or charges ought not be held up by satellite litigation,” he told the court.
“This does impede the investigations of the Australian Federal Police”.
Lawyer for the CFMEU Tony Slevin told the court the AFP seized a pc drive containing “a lot of documents”.
“The scope of the material taken from my client’s premises, because of the quantity of documents on that drive … It is way beyond the warrant,” Mr Slevin mentioned.
“The only urgency is the police would like to have access to that complete drive”.
The February hearing will determine no matter whether the injunction on the documents need to be made permanent.
It is expected to run for three days.
Topics: courts-and-trials, police, brisbane-4000
Agen Sabung Ayam