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COURT: Pisasale pleads not guilty to extortion

(Photo: Ipswich City Council. Supplied.)
UPDATE: Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale (pictured above) is denying he tried extorting money from a friend's former partner.
The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial today in the Brisbane District Court.
Pisasale is sitting in the dock alongside his co-accused, solicitor Cameron McKenzie and Yutian Li, who have each pleaded not guilty to extortion charges as well.
The court heard, Pisasale pretended to be a private investigator in early 2017, when he demanded money from Ms Lee’s former partner.
That man had lied to her about being single, when he was in fact married.
EARLIER: 
Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has pleaded not guilty to two counts of extortion.
67-year-old Pisasale's trial has begun in the Brisbane District Court today.
His co-accused, Cameron James McKenzie and Yutian Li, have also pleaded not guilty to extortion.