Police had right to seize alleged bikie Harley Barbaro’s phone to see messages on it, court told

Harley Joe Barbaro

Police had the right to seize alleged bikie’s Harley Barbaro’s phone despite his claim it contained confidential messages that police were not allowed to read, Queensland’s Court of Appeal has been told.

The dispute over the phone access, which has now spilt into one of the state’s highest courts, relates to a search warrant executed on Barbaro’s Bundall home in 2018.

Barbaro, an alleged member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was convicted in June 2019 for failing to give police the passcode to his phone.

At the trial, he said he did not want to give up the passcode as he did not want police to see conversations with his lawyer. In March, his legal team successfully appealed the conviction in Southport District Court.

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