Bring Alex Vella home to his family
The boss of Australia's biggest outlaw motorcycle club wants the High Court to overturn a decision by the Federal Government to strip him of his visa, a move that has left him stranded on the other side of the world.Sign PetitionSign Petition
"I'm innocent, I know that. I've done no wrong by nobody, but they've shut the door on me and thrown me out of the country," he said.
"There has been no person to step up and take over the leadership role. I would say the leadership structure is in disarray," Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace of the NSW Gangs Squad said.
"Members of the motorcycle club aren't saints obviously," Alex Vella Jnr added.
"But to brand them all criminals is just like saying all Catholics are paedophiles.
Mr Vella and his legal team are seeking special leave before the High Court because they say the Rebels president has been denied natural justice under the Migration Act.
In March this year, Mr Vella appealed to the full bench of the Federal Court to set aside the Immigration Minister's decision.
During proceedings, Justice Robert Buchanan questioned the provisions in the Act being used by the Minister, saying he found "it curious that Parliament thinks it can exclude part of the exercise of the judicial power".
Questioning the section of the Act that allows the minister to keep information secret on the say-so of intelligence services such as ASIO, Justice Geoffrey Flick remarked that "it strikes me as absurd", adding that "this case has got an air of unreality to it."
Despite these concerns, the full bench of the court upheld the right of the Immigration Minister to keep Government evidence against Alex Vella secret because it was "protected information".
"The Minister concedes that, in making the decision, he acted on adverse information that he did not divulge to Mr Vella," the judges wrote.
"He says, however, that there was no denial of natural justice because the adverse information was information, by reason of [section] 503A of the Act, he was not required to divulge to Mr Vella ... In short, the Minister says that [section] 503A of the Act overrides any natural justice requirement to divulge the adverse information."
"It's a bunch of lies behind it, that's why," Mr Vella said.
"Why would you want to hide something if a man's done wrong? Tell them. Tell the public what I've done. What's so secret about it?"