Qld Labor kicks Pisasale out of the party

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

Embattled former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been urged to "focus on his defence" against criminal charges, as he was again referred to the state's corruption watchdog and kicked out of his political party.

The objection to bail affidavit, which outlines the Crime and Corruption Commission's allegations made against Pisasale and reasons for his arrest, remains suppressed.

Pisasale is now being held in a Brisbane watch-house after being questioned by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.

Police prosecutor Matt Kahler also asked for bail conditions to ensure prosecution witnesses were protected.

In court on Wednesday, Pisasale's lawyer Glen Cranny sought to prevent an "additional burden" being put on his client by limiting media reporting on the case.

He was forced to agree he would not approach global departure points so that he could get bail on charges of extortion and two other counts involving the alleged assault of a woman.

Barrister Sam Di Carlo said the money was his and that his friend Mr Pisasale was carrying it to Brisbane as a favour.

It follows widespread media coverage about a CCC probe and formal charges being laid against Mr Pisasale, including one extortion charge.

"All my life people know that I've fought for Ipswich, that I've fought for fair, and I'm going to continue with that, so I'm waiting for due process to happen."

"Of course I will be", he said, before being walked to a waiting vehicle by his lawyer.

"Many council staff have worked closely with Mr Pisasale over a number of years, and I can assure everyone that there are deep feelings of disappointment that their former mayor has been arrested".

Pisasale, who was once dubbed Mr Ipswich and known as a passionate advocate for his city, was elected mayor in 2004 and had been on the council since 1991.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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