Friday, January 4, 2013

Schapelle Corby - A letter to Captain Barry Jackson, President of The Australian & International Pilots Association

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A letter to Captain Barry Jackson, cc every member of the Scottish Parliament and every newspaper in Scotland.

Dear Captain Jackson,

As this 21 December 2012 Australian news article says, Schapelle's bag was illegally loaded on to a QANTAS flight to a high risk destination (Bali, Indonesia), without x-ray screening.  This information was also deliberately withheld from her legal team (and the Australian public), at the time of her Bali trial. You will find all the direct evidence (Australian Government correspondence), for that horrific lapse HERE.

The potential consequences of this for the professionals you represent are all too terribly evident, so I'm formally asking you to publicly speak out on this matter.

Not only that, on the day of Schapelle's flight, QANTAS employed baggage handlers with extensive criminal records, such as Tom, Easton Barrington James and Norman Niass - and their security manager in charge (Alan Conwell), had known criminal connections.

Further still, QANTAS baggage handlers helped to import 200 kilos of cocaine into Australian in 2004, using innocent passengers as unwitting drug mules - it's also very likely they were using the luggage of domestic airline passengers to ferry drugs between Australia's internal airports, as described by Ray Cooper, former Head of Internal Investigations for the Australian Federal Police. Obviously, if corrupt staff can secrete drugs in un-screened luggage, they can also secrete explosives for the right price.

But bizarrely, it appears none of these criminal QANTAS baggage handlers were ever arrested, charged or jailed.  Here's my outstanding question to Jason Clare MP re this strange anomaly. I should also add that Steve Jackson, Head of Security at QANTAS, telephoned my home on Monday 9th August 2010, and I directly asked him about police arrests in relation to QANTAS baggage handlers.  He told me there were none, and offered no further explanation - and this quote, from page 42 of this QANTAS report confirms that. However, in the UK, Heathrow Airport baggage handlers engaged in similar activity (around the same time), were jailed for very long periods.

QANTAS has been repeatedly contacted re these matters (at the highest levels), as has Australia's Minister for Transport (Anthony Albanese MP) and the Minister for Justice (Jason Clare MP), plus Australian Federal Police Chief Tony Negus and Paul Retter (Executive Director, Office of Transport Security).  All of them (without exception), have completely ignored these very serious issues and failed to respond to them.

Do we have to wait until another plane explodes out of the sky before someone has the guts to speak out?

Best regards, Kim