Paul Pisasale Bailed On Assault and Extortion Charges

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Paul Pisasale Bailed On Assault and Extortion Charges

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.

Police argued in Brisbane Magistrates Court that Mr Pisasle should be kept in custody "for his own welfare".

Mr Pisasale was yesterday released on bail after being charged with three offences including extortion.

Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been kicked out of the Labor party following his arrest and court appearance on extortion and assault charges.

An election for Pisasale's replacement is expected to be held sometime around August.

Pisasale was stopped in May at Melbourne airport with $50,000 cash, after a one-night trip on official business interstate.

"Mr Ipswich" Paul Pisasale.

Mr Pisasale has told associates that he was merely acting as a courier as a favour for his good friend Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo.

Pisasale thanked the media for "showing up" to the hearing.

"Many council staff have worked closely with Mr Pisasale over a number of years, and I can assure everyone that there are deep feelings of disappointment that their former mayor has been arrested".

"All my life people know that I've fought for Ipswich, that I've fought for fair, and I'm going to continue to do that", he said.

As Pisasale stepped into a waiting vehicle he spoke of his support for the city of Ipswich.

It comes after independent MP Rob Pyne used parliamentary privilege to table documents alleging serious misconduct by Mr Pisasale and Ipswich City Council members.

The QPS employee, Cate Carter, has described the allegations as "bullshit" and said she would ask her bosses to investigate.

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