Paul Pisasale in court, facing extortion charges

Paul Pisasale

Paul Pisasale

FORMER Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with extortion.

Pisasale has left the Brisbane Watch House after being granted bail this morning.

He spoke briefly to media outside mentioning his health and the city of Ipswich.

"I should say that this is a personal matter relating to Mr Pisasale, it doesn't seem to impinge on any Ipswich City Council issues as far as we know".

'So I'm waiting for due process to happen'.

When asked if he was anxious about the legal proceedings Pisasale said it would be a "worrying time for anybody".

Pisasale said his situation "would be a worrying time for anybody but the most important thing is to deal with it and deal with it properly".

He said he would "of course be" fighting the charges and thanked the media for being a court.

It can be revealed Pisasale was also considering running for mayor in the upcoming by-election to determine who would take the seat he announced he was vacating.

Mr Pisasale arrived in the dock in Brisbane Magistrates Court soon after proceedings began at 9am.

Mr Pisasale remained in the dock, his arms crossed, until that ended.

He told friends he was in Melbourne visiting a developer when the colourful barrister, a former police officer, asked him to collect a cash payment from a Victorian client as it was needed urgently to settle a law case being run by Mr Di Carlo in Brisbane.

But deputy chief magistrate, Terry Gardiner, granted bail on conditions including that Pisasale not contact witnesses, travel overseas and that he surrender his passport.

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