He is identified only by the pseudonym Tom. In court documents revealed this week after police smashed the cocaine ring, he lurks as the character most likely to strike fear into the heart of a traveller.
He is not Hurley, notorious underworld figure, or another one of the accused - the high-flying former Macquarie Bank executive Ian Chalmers. Tom is someone rather less exotic but in a sense more sinister to the flying public: he was employed by Qantas at Sydney Airport. He may be there still, handling your bags. The airline says only one baggage handler, identity unknown, has been stood aside as a result of the cocaine bust. SMH 14 May 2005
Standen is best known for his work on the organised crime syndicate which led to the arrest of underworld figure Michael Hurley, who died in prison last year. Although Hurley was a regular target for law-enforcement agencies, his connections with corrupt police over the years enabled him to stay one step ahead. Police moved against his gang in May 2005, but Hurley had been tipped off that a member of his syndicate was wearing a wire. Hurley was arrested in 2006 after nine months on the run. The tip-off led to a souring of relations between the federal police and the NSW Crime Commission. Senior federal police officer Gerry Fletcher was sacked after Standen and others accused him of leaking to Hurley. Fletcher was cleared and has been reinstated by the AFP. smh 4 June 2008
. . . as it obviously wasn't Gerry Fletcher.
I think that's about all for now. I'll call later to-day to ensure this formal complaint, and request for investigations, was received - and formally follow up in four weeks if there is no written acknowledgement by then.