Thursday, February 17, 2011

Schapelle Corby - It's Time to Shut Down the Police Party

Dear Jerrold,

Congratulations on your brand new appointment as Chief of the New South Wales Police Integrity Commission. You have some very serious work ahead of you.

I am just one (amongst several), of the founding members of Women for Schapelle - and as you can see from the quote in this magazine article of October 2010 (read by over 1.5 million Australian women), the gross inconsistencies in her trial and conviction are very high profile. News about her drives sales, and she trumped Julia Gillard on the front page, in the same week Julia became Australia's first female Prime Minister.

I also guess you're an intelligent man (that goes without saying), with much more than half a brain - even though it probably doesn't take more than 50% of anyone's grey matter to see the appalling travesty of her conviction, once they read the background. Now to my specific complaints (and requests for investigation), re the New South Wales Police and the New South Wales Crime Commission.

1. Please investigate the New South Wales police officers bribed by "Tom," an anonymous male who is mentioned here . . .
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

. . . as described by Kate McClymont of the Sydney Morning Herald, and by Clive Small, former Assistant Commissioner of the New South Wales Police.

2. Please investigate (and report on), why these officer were never investigated and brought to account.

3. Please investigate (and report on), the $800,000 payment to criminal QANTAS baggage handler "Tom," by (I am informed), the New South Wales Crime Commission.

4. Please investigate and report on the three quarters of a million dollars "Tom" was allowed to keep. What formal investigations were done to ensure this money was not the proceeds of crime?

5. Please investigate and report on the complete indemnity "Tom" received, from all his many crimes. Why wasn't a much reduced sentence adequate reward for his co-operation?

6. Please investigate and report on the Crime Commission's complete failure to preserve a single frame of CCTV relating to the QANTAS baggage handlers they had under formal surveillance (page 42), on the 8th of October 2004.

7. Please investigate and report on the Crime Commissions's complete failure to arrest or charge a single QANTAS baggage handler, despite these graphic admissions from the Australian Federal Police, and despite the severe sentences handed down to baggage handlers in the UK for the exact same crime (e.g. using innocent passengers unwitting drug mules).

8. Please investigate and report on who, very possibly working within the New South Wales Crime Commission at the time, "Leaked" information to Hurley . . .

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.

Regards, Kim