17 February 2022

Alleged Canberra Rebels president Ali Hassan Bilal accused of making multiple 'menacing' threats

| Albert McKnight
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Ali Hassan Bilal, 50, leaves Canberra’s court after the application to vary his bail was partially denied on Thursday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

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An alleged senior bikie, who reportedly described himself as president of the Canberra Rebels, has faced court accused of making “menacing” threats in expletive-laden tirades against a number of people, including police.

Ali Hassan Bilal, 50, of Wollogorang in NSW, is facing 10 counts of using a carriage service to menace or harass, as well as one of threatening to cause harm to a Commonwealth public official.

On Thursday (17 February), the ACT Magistrates Court heard court documents said police had intercepted his calls over a long period of time, which the charges were based on, and Peter Woodhouse of Aulich said the calls were alleged to be “menacing”.

The court documents allege that Bilal screamed at one person during a call on 19 January 2021, “I’m gunna stomp on your f–kin head now”.

He also called someone who apparently didn’t know him on 25 May.

“My name is Ali. I’m the president of the Rebels here in Canberra, mate. How you going?” he allegedly said.

“Somebody owes me $22,000 and I’m trying to work out how to go about this at the moment, whether to do it professionally or whether to start chasing people that owe me the money.”

He allegedly asked if the other person had the money, and they said they didn’t, to which he allegedly replied, “Well, you better f–kin find it before I f–kin find you”.

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On 26 June, he talked to a woman about someone, allegedly saying, “I’m gunna f–kin kill this c-t and I’m gunna make you watch”.

“I’m gunna f–k him, his mother, his father. I’m not gunna leave anybody tonight,” he allegedly said.

In August, he allegedly told a man, “I’m gunna make sure your head is under my f-kin foot”.

Also on 17 December, Bilal talked to a man about bail conditions police were seeking for this man over an unrelated court matter.

“I will knock the c–t’s head off in court … And I hope they are listening, the f–king c-ksuckers,” Bilal allegedly said.

Ali Hassan Bilal leaves court with his lawyer Peter Woodhouse. Photo: Albert McKnight

Mr Woodhouse sought to vary his client’s bail, saying while an application to vary the number of times he had to report to police each week wasn’t opposed by the prosecution, a condition preventing him speaking to two men was.

He said the first of these two men worked in construction and had been engaged to build a shed as well as dog kennels at Bilal’s property for his pet transport and kennel business.

Bilal wanted him to be able to finish the work, while the second man was one of his “very dear friends”, Mr Woodhouse said.

He said the statement of facts for the case was comprehensive, but neither of these two were mentioned in them, nor was there any suggestion his client had engaged with them in a nefarious way.

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He said Bilal had a lengthy criminal history, in terms of the number of pages, but almost half of his NSW history involved charges that had been withdrawn or dismissed and he had never breached bail conditions.

Prosecutor Soraya Saikal-Skea alleged Bilal was a senior member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and the two men he wanted to have contact with were also members of such gangs.

She alleged he had made “all sorts of alleged threats to a myriad of people, including police”, adding it was clear from the statement of facts he was a “fairly dangerous individual” and in light of the alleged comments, the conditions were reasonable.

Magistrate James Lawton refused to grant the second bail variation. Bilal has pleaded not guilty and his case will return to court on 1 April.

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