Hamzy claims commissioner is targeting him

Andrew Leeson

The jailed founder of Sydney's Brothers 4 Life gang has told a court he is being unfairly treated by the Corrective Services Commissioner and wants him to pay for his phone calls to his lawyer.

In two separate cases, Bassam Hamzy, who is serving a sentence for murder at Goulburn SuperMax, told the NSW Supreme Court that corrective services was unfairly targeting him by refusing him free access to his lawyers, saying that such actions were unlawful.

"I have been forced to represent myself," Hamzy told the court via video link on Thursday.

Hamzy said the cost of phone calls to his lawyer were too much for him to afford, and by not supplying other free means of communication he was being targeted.

He said the calls were $3 each and he couldn't afford them unless the commissioner provided funds.

"That is not something any other inmate has," said James Emmett the lawyer representing the commissioner.

Hamzy could not access the free audio video link because he had not filed an appeal and his lawyers couldn't visit him because both had refused to undergo criminal background checks, Mr Emmett said.

"They do not believe that lawyers require criminal record checks," Hamzy said.

Justice Geoff Bellew said the matters raised issues that needed considered argument and couldn't be resolved straight away.

Justice Bellew noted undertakings by the commissioner, without making any admissions, that Hamzy be allowed to make three, hour-long, pre-arranged phone calls to his lawyer through the paid system per week and access to a computer to view legal documentation.

Both matters were adjourned until November 11.