Queensland launches war against Dutch bikies
ONE of the world's most feared and bloodthirsty bikie gangs has been placed on Queensland's public enemy list.
The Sunday Mail can reveal that Satudarah - whose penchant for violence is thought to exceed the Hell's Angels - will today be declared an "identified organisation".
Originating in the Netherlands in the 1990s, the crime syndicate set up in Australia in 2015. Since then it has been eyeing chapters in Brisbane, Toowoomba, and the Gold Coast.
The gang's Facebook page claims a prospect chapter on the Fraser Coast was set up last month.
But Sunday's declaration will make it harder for the murderous clan to cement any presence as wearing gang colours will be banned.
The state's Organised Crime Gangs Group is confident the declaration will "disrupt and prevent criminal activity by this gang".
"We will continue to work with our national and international partners to deter the expansion of Satudarah into Queensland," Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe said. "The legislation excluding Satudarah members from wearing their colours limits their ability to intimidate the community and recruit members."
Satudarah, which translates from Indonesian/Malay to "one blood", was established in the Netherlands by immigrants or their children from former Dutch colony Moluccas, now part of Indonesia.
The gang has become notorious across Europe for its extreme brand of violence, murder, drugs and gunrunning.
Its pitched battles with the Hell's Angels and Bandidos on the continent have earned it a reputation for brutality.
Being founded by Indonesian immigrants gave it a foothold in Southeast Asia and it soon spread to Australia under global expansion plans.
It now claims to have about 40 chapters worldwide.
The gang first took hold in Sydney in 2015. Authorities took action - making arrests and shutting Satudarah's Sydney clubhouse.
But in 2016, the gang's Indonesian-based leader was detained at Gold Coast airport when he came to meet his "brothers".
Queensland killer Bronson Ellery - aka Lizard Man because of his freakish facial tattoos - was reportedly trying to start a chapter of Satudarah on the Gold Coast.
Ellery brutally murdered former partner Shelsea Schilling then took his own life before his plans for the chapter came to fruition in 2016.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said today's declaration came before Satudarah formally established a chapter and clubhouse in Queensland.