Friday, 13 July 2012

Alleged Bandidos bikie refused bail

MAN has been refused bail after being accused of lying to Queensland's crime watchdog over his suspected involvement in a drive-by murder at a busy shopping centre. Marko Cokara, who has alleged connections to the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with perjury. He allegedly lied to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) during a coercive hearing on June 6. Cokara was hauled before the hearing to answer questions about his suspected involvement in the execution-style murder of Jei "Jack" Lee. The 22-year-old was gunned down in a shopping centre carpark at Eight Mile Plains, in Brisbane's south, in April. Cokara is alleged to have lied when he said he was not present at the shopping centre on the day Mr Lee died. He also is accused of lying about his phone number on the day. The court heard Bosnian-born Cokara, 21, is a suspect in Mr Lee's death, but he has not been charged. A second suspect and patched member of the Bandidos, Bogden Cuic, fled the country 19 hours after Mr Lee's death, the court heard. Cokara unsuccessfully applied for bail on the perjury charge on Thursday. Magistrate Tina Previtera said the case against him was "very strong" and ruled he was a flight risk. She also said his history of breaching court orders made it likely he would do so again. "This court is of the view that there is an unacceptable risk that you will commit further offences if you are granted bail," she said. Cokara was remanded to appear again next month.

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