UPDATE @ 10.15am: Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been granted bail after being charged with extortion and assault.
The 65-year-old appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday after spending a night in the Brisbane watch house.
Police tried to oppose Pisasale’s bail application, but it was granted by the Magistrate.
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The hearing continues.
EARLIER: 6:05pm 20/6/2017: Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been charged with one count of extortion and two counts of sexual assault.
The charges follow an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
The 65-year-old was arrested by the CCC this afternoon at Ipswich and taken to the Brisbane Watchhouse where he was charged just before 6:00 o’clock.
The CCC said as its investigation remains ongoing and these matters are now before the court, it is unable to comment further.
Mr Pisasale, once the most popular politician in Queensland, quit as mayor a fortnight ago, citing his ongoing battle against Multiple Sclerosis.
Mr Pisasale announced his resignation in a dressing robe and red pyjamas on June 6 following raids by CCC officers at his Ipswich council office.
Recently it was revealed he’d been stopped with $50,000 cash at Melbourne Airport, last month.
At the time his friend and Barrister SAM DI CARLO said the money was his and the mayor was carrying it to Brisbane as a favour.
It is possible he will be released on Watchhouse bail later tonight.
A large media contingent is waiting outside the Brisbane City Watchhouse.
EARLIER: Former Ipswich Mayor PAUL PISASALE’s been arrested after questioning by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
At the moment he’s in the Brisbane Watchhouse and is reportedly expected to be charged with extortion.
Mr PISASALE resigned as mayor on June 6, blaming a downturn in his health.
It was later revealed Australian Federal Police found him with 50 thousand dollars in cash at Melbourne Airport in May.
Barrister SAM DI CARLO said the money was his and the mayor was carrying it to Brisbane as a favour.