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Subject: 'Chance encounter' sparked deadly brawl between bikies at Sydney Airport
Volkodav    3/23/2009 6:38:46 AM
By Stephanie Gardiner AAP March 23, 2009 07:24pm Man killed at Sydney airport Four men have been charged after a man was bashed to death at Sydney airport. A DEADLY brawl between bikies that rolled through a domestic terminal at Sydney Airport was unplanned, sparked by the chance encounter of rival members on a flight from Melbourne, a court has been told. Anthony Zervas, 29, was yesterday bludgeoned to death at Qantas's T3 terminal in a brawl involving members of the Hells Angels and Comancheros bikie gangs. Four men accused of being involved faced Sydney's Central Local Court today. Ismail Erden, 26, of Kingsford, Maher Aouli, 28, of Casula, Pomare Pirini, 21, of Georges Hall, and Zoran Kisacanin, 22, of Ingleburn, have each been charged with one count of affray. Police facts tendered to the court said the brawl broke out just after 1.30pm (AEDT) when a Qantas flight carrying senior members of both gangs landed in Sydney. Pirini and Erden, who told police he is a Comancheros member, were on the flight but police do not know whether Aouli and Kisacanin were also passengers. The barrister for all four men, John Korn, told the court the accused were confronted at an airport exit by other men armed with knives and knuckledusters. "They were very much the attackees," Mr Korn said. The brawl was not planned but was rather a "chance meeting," the barrister said. According to the police facts, passengers on the plane saw a group of six heavily tattooed men sitting in an "agitated state" and using their mobile phones throughout the flight. While passengers were making their way through the terminal, staff heard the group shouting and yelling. A separate group of six to 10 men of Middle Eastern appearance arrived at T3 and asked staff for directions to arrival gate five, the facts stated. It is alleged two of the men from that group stayed outside the gate, where the brawl broke out. Witnesses allegedly heard one man yell out: "I'm going to kill you, you c---, I am going to kill you." The brawl then sprawled out through the airport terminal, where the men broke into smaller groups. Onlookers told police they saw two men kicking and punching Mr Zervas, who was on the ground. One of the men allegedly hit him over the head with a metal pole using "significant force", before witnesses heard a "crunching sound". Members of the public and Mr Zervas' brother Peter, who was wearing a Hells Angels singlet, attempted to revive him while men involved in the brawl fled. Aouli, Erden, Kisacanin and Pirini were stopped by police in Brighton Le Sands in a taxi they had taken from the airport. Police are yet to view CCTV footage of the incident, the court was told. Kisacanin was the only one of the four to apply for bail but it was refused by Magistrate Allan Moore due to the seriousness of the matter. The case will resume on Wednesday in the same court. ______________________________________________________________ How much do we spend on security to protect Sydney Airport from terrorism and crime?
 
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gf0012-aust       3/23/2009 7:00:37 AM
How much do we spend on security to protect Sydney Airport from terrorism and crime?

not wanting to appear baskervillian, but I can't see this happening in the UK, Germany, France, Italy or Austria (etc) where police patrol with MP5's and MP7's and are always visible.

 still, I guess it will all come out in the wash in the end, but it does raise some broader issues about resourcing and degree of presence
 
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Volkodav       3/23/2009 8:35:08 AM
A bloke called Andrew Marks was head hunted from the Army into the APS to head up security at Sydney Airport prior to the olymics. He made many recomendations, including training APS officers, who at that point were mostly ex AFP officers, in first response tactics and arming them with MP-5's, PSG-1's and semi auto pistols. 
He was ignored and left to start his own business.
 
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