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Roger Rogerson arrested over Gao death

Former Police officer Roger Rogerson is taken into custody by NSW Police at his home in Padstow, Sydney, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Mr Rogerson is being questioned in relation to the murder of university student Jamie Gao in Sydney's south west last Tuesday.
Former Police officer Roger Rogerson is taken into custody by NSW Police at his home in Padstow, Sydney, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Mr Rogerson is being questioned in relation to the murder of university student Jamie Gao in Sydney's south west last Tuesday. AAP Image - Dan Himbrechts

ROGER Rogerson has been arrested in Sydney over the murder of 20-year-old drug dealer Jamie Gao.

As the 73-year-old was marched out of his Padstow home in cuffs, his solicitor Paul Kenny lashed out at senior police, labelling the handling of the corrupt former detective's arrest as a "disgrace".

He went further to liken the "hysteria" surrounding the investigation and his client's subsequent arrest to the murder trial of celebrity sportsman OJ Simpson .

Mr Rogerson has been wanted for questioning since police raided his home at the weekend in connection to the Jamie Gao investigation.

Police will allege former Kings Cross detective Glen McNamara, who is before the courts charged with murder and drug supply, was captured on CCTV walking towards a storage shed with Mr Gao and another man last Tuesday night.

Sydney student Jamie Gao who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered.
Sydney student Jamie Gao who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered.

It is further alleged that only two people emerged from the shed carrying an object.

On Monday morning a fishermen discovered a body, believed to be that of the missing university student, floating in waters off Cronulla.

There had been reports Rogerson was "hiding out" in Brisbane with friends but Mr Kenny told 2UE his client had never hidden from anything and made arrangements for him to meet with police back in Sydney.

At least 10 police officers were present for Mr Rogerson's arrest which was filmed by several media outlets.

Mr Kenny said way the situation unfolded had not been what he discussed with police and that in his 42 years in the legal profession, he had "never seen anything like it".

Mr Rogerson, who was dismissed from the NSW Police force in the early 80s, is being questioned at a south Sydney police station.

Charges are expected to be laid later today.

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