Friday, June 25, 2010

Schapelle Corby - Julia's minister pisses on justice

So, Julia Gillard is supposed to usher in a bright, shiny new Government? How about scraping the filth off the old one first?

Brendan O'Connor is her Minister for Home Affairs, responsible for the Australian Federal Police. Currently, he's pissing on justice, and point blank refusing to answer questions that could, quite literally, save the life of an innocent Australian woman.

On the 8th October 2004, around $40,000 worth of marijuana was exported from Australia, to Bali.

This was a crime in Bali, but also crime in Australia. Export of illegal drugs is a crime here, within this jurisdiction. It was a crime the Australian Federal Police were duty bound to investigate, but they didn't. Why?

The perpetrator of this crime was by no means certain . . .

"Ray Cooper, former head of operations for the AFP's internal investigations, told the Nine Network it was well known by the AFP that unwitting passengers were being used as `mules' to shift drugs between Australian domestic airports."

And . . .

And . . .

"Informer tells of baggage handlers link to cartel" - 13 May 2005, The Sydney Morning Herald

So why, in God's name, didn't the Australian Federal Police save every frame of airport CCTV relating to Schapelle immediately? All three air terminals, Brisbane Domestic, Sydney Domestic and Sydney International were formal crime scenes. Duh.

Aren't the police supposed to expertly collect (and preserve), all physical evidence at once? What was the problem? Maybe the case wasn't high profile enough for them? They "Forgot"? Or someone slipped a few Mogadons in their coffee? "Someone" must have, because every single frame of video footage vanished.

And the Australian Federal Police also completely failed to investigate two other key points of evidence. They didn't insist (as was their right under existing legislation), that the Indonesians weighed Schapelle's luggage, to compare it to the check-in weight at Brisbane. Neither did they ask for forensic testing of the drugs (as was their right too), for human DNA and fingerprints. Both items were vital to catching any Australian criminals, that is of course, unless corrupt insiders didn't want them caught. Is there any other explanation for this glaring oversight, in the most high profile case of the century? What in hell was (and is), going on?

So on the 19th June 2010, I sent Brendan O'Connor a fax, asking a very pointed question about the "Missing" airport CCTV. On Friday 25th June 2010, I rang his office to make sure he'd got it, and spoke to Christine, his secretary. Point blank, Christine told me Brendan would not reply to that question.

So Julia, in the light of that, the responsibility now falls on you. Either kick Brendan's backside, or answer it yourself - because sweetheart, and our first ever female Prime Minister, the flyers and film are ready to spread their wings . . .