The Courier-Mail

Bail slashes Nick ‘The Knife’ jail time

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THE alleged president of the Mongols outlawed bikie gang has been granted bail on drug traffickin­g charges by a Supreme Court judge.

Nick “The Knife” Forbes is likely to be released today from the Arthur Gorrie Correction­al Centre after his family put up $50,000 surety.

His partner and three young sons were in court in Brisbane to support his bid for freedom yesterday and embraced when they heard he would be freed from prison today.

Justice David Jackson said the risk of Forbes interferin­g with a witness would be minimised by a strict curfew, twicedaily reporting to police and a ban on travelling south of the Coomera River.

Justice Jackson said police arrested Forbes on June 23 and charged him with four offences, including drug traffickin­g between November 1, 2013, and June 23, 2015.

Police allege Forbes is the president of the Mongols bikie gang.

He faces 25 years in jail if convicted of traffickin­g and another 25 years under the Vicious Lawless Associate charge.

The case against him is based on thousands of phone intercepts.

Forbes was among 10 former or current alleged Mongols gang members arrested in June.

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