Sunday, September 1, 2013
Schapelle Corby - Australian authorities REFUSE to investigate the Sydney Airport baggage handlers who imported millions of dollars worth of drugs, using innocent passengers as unwitting mules
ADDIT - Also widely shared on Facebook HERE
A further formal complaint to ACLEI . . .
In 2004, QANTAS's Sydney Airport baggage handlers imported 200 kilos of cocaine into Australia, using innocent passengers like Gary MacDonald as accidental drug mules. Further, the Australian Federal Police fully admitted the criminality of these workers in a formal report to the Australian Senate, on page 8 (point 3.1), of their 2009 submission. Despite this, Australia's Minister for Justice, Jason Clare MP, formally admitted in writing NONE of them were ever arrested or charged due to "Insufficient evidence." When I asked the Minister WHY there was "Insufficient evidence," he simply refused to answer my question. At that point I put in a formal corruption complaint to yourselves re this matter, and you promised to evaluate my concerns.
However, a full two months later in August 2013 (having heard nothing more from you), I lodged a formal Freedom of Information request with your organisation re the progress of my concerns, and the prompt response from your office fully admitted you'd done absolutely nothing.
I also note this recent August 2013 news article re an Air Canada baggage handler who just had a two year sentence increase for smuggling 50 kilos of cocaine, quote . . .
"B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Kathryn Neilson said in her ruling that Von Holtum was a 'corrupt insider' whose utility lay in using his position and security clearance to transport the cocaine through the airport. In an 18-page ruling, Neilson said the context in which Von Holtum operated introduced concerns of public safety and security that set him apart from ordinary drug couriers. “It is apparent to any Canadian air traveller that the Air India tragedy in 1985, as well as subsequent terrorist activities, notably the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have brought massive changes to civil aviation security requirements to protect the travelling public,” she said. 'Secure baggage management is an integral part of this. In using his position as an airport baggage handler to breach security protocol and facilitate the importation of cocaine, Mr. Von Holtum not only betrayed his employer’s trust, but denigrated the public interest in maintaining airport and baggage security.' Neilson’s ruling was agreed to by Madam Justice Mary Saunders and Justice Richard Low."
But obviously, neither you (or the Australian Government), share the Canadian authority's high standards and serious regards for public safety.
Please formally respond to my original complaint, advising me of the outcome (and your intentions). I will also lodge more Freedom of Information requests with your organisations (at regular intervals in the future), to see if there is ever any improvement on the big fat zero to date.
Posted by Kim at 10:41 PM