EXCLUSIVE: Booze, strippers and an all-night party: Behind the closed doors of the controversial Nomads MC gathering
EXCLUSIVE: Booze, strippers and an all-night party: Behind the closed doors of the controversial Nomads MC gathering - as the gang hits back at claims they were taunting police
A controversial gathering of Nomads bikies last weekend was no different to an end-of-season football club trip, according to one of the club's longest serving members. More than two dozen members of the Nomads OMCG gathered in Canberra over the weekend, forced out of New South Wales and Queensland by strict anti-bikie laws.
A photo from the weekend showing the group standing together in their colours was seen as showing defiance in the face of hardline anti-bikie Strike Force Raptor. But according to ex-national vice president Moudi Tajjour, that was never the intention. Tajjour, 34, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2006, lifted the lid for Daily Mail Australia on what really happens behind the closed doors of the Nomads clubhouse.
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The heavily-tattooed Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) life member revealed that strict laws made the catch-up difficult from the outset. Those attending the weekend were forced to load their prized motorbikes onto the back of trailers to get them to Canberra, unable to ride together in NSW.
But despite controversy around the large gathering of bikies, Tajjour claimed it was nothing more than a rare chance to ride and party together.
'It was just a catch up with the boys, because I hadn't seen everyone in a while since I went to Lebanon [for a holiday],' he said.
'So the boys that were available made it. They came from the Gold Coast and Sydney and everywhere. I'm friends with a lot of the older guys who I've known for 20 years.
'We just partied, honest to god.
'There was strippers strippers and waitresses. We were having drinks, doing what boys do on a weekend together.
'All we do is hang out together and go for rides, that's it. There's no conspiring or any planning to piss the police off, none of that even comes into conversation.
'We just meet up at the clubhouse and hang out, book a couple of penthouse suites, grab drinks, get some of the girls then whoever's tight with each other splits up.
'Everyone goes to a room and just parties - it's as simple as that.'
Tajjour pictured with his brother Sleiman (left), a former Nomads national president, and his cousin and celebrity nightclub owner John Ibrahim (right)
Tajjour's links to the Nomads MC stretch back decades.
In 1998, at the age of just 15, he became the youngest person to ever join an OMCG.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother Sleiman and cousin Michael Ibrahim, his initiation into the club came at a time when anti-bikie task forces did not exist.
The strict modern crackdown by NSW Police in recent years has meant whole OMCG get-togethers like the weekend's have become increasingly rare. A senior member of the NSW Police told The Daily Telegraph the bikie meeting would not have been allowed outside of Canberra.
'There is no way they would get away with taking a photo like that or riding around in Sydney,' the officer said.
Tajjour - who was national vice president at the time his brother Sleiman was national president - said the group never intended to antagonise police with their presence.
'We were not trying to taunt police at all,' Tajjour said.
'We have no time to worry about that. All of us own legitimate businesses, we have our own lives and a few times each year we get together to hang out.
'It's not like we hang out all day everyday and have nothing better to do than piss the police off, we all have better things to do in our lives.
'It's exactly like a footy club or even the army, when all the boys get together to have a drink and reminisce about what's been happening and talk about the old days.'
Tajjour last year revealed how times had changed inside Australia's OMCGs, claiming it had become more like professional sport as MCs open their chequebooks and buy 'hard core' members into their club.
Fresh faced and without a tattoo in sight, Tajjour was barely a teenager when he was made the youngest ever member of the Nomads MC. After leaving school in Year 8, he joined the Nomads as a 'nominee' at the age of just 15 and had to wait 16 months before becoming a fully fledged member.
Since then he's spent four years in prison for manslaughter and more recently made headlines as a result of his volatile marriage to Salim Mehajer's younger sister, Sanaa. While he's no longer involved in day-to-day gang life, Tajjour told of his disgust at the way some MCs now go about their business.
Tajjour (left) smiles as he pans the camera around the Nomads OMCG headquarters in the ACT during last weekend's gathering
'It's totally different. These days you get your colours straight away, back in my day it was a minimum 12 months as a nominee,' the heavily-tattooed bikie said.
'I was 15 years old - the youngest bikie to ever join a club - but I was a nominee for 16 months because I kept punching on with members, so my cousin Sam Ibrahim kept taking my colours.
'You'd get put in a circle and have a crack with the boys for a few minutes, and if you didn't drop your guard and fought until you got knocked out, you'd get your colours.
'You'd come into the clubhouse and they'd say: "It's on now, are you sure you want to do this? How much do you want your colours?"
'You'd punch on with hard men, but you'd earn your colours the right way.'
Tajjour made headlines earlier this year for his brief marriage to Sanaa Mehajer, the sister of disgraced businessman Salim. Their relationship ended abruptly, with Ms Mehajer filing for an AVO against Tajjour in April. He did not contest the AVO.