The Commonwealth Ombudsman has just sent a letter, refusing to chastise the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), for their 14 months of silence on a complaint from the public, re the continuing freedom of the QANTAS baggage handlers who helped to import 200 kilos of cocaine into Australia in 2004/5, but were not arrested or charged by the Australian Federal Police. So here’s a new follow up letter (and Freedom of Information application), to ACLEI . . .
In July this year, you assured the Commonwealth Ombudsman that you are investigating my June 2013 complaint (to your organisation), about the QANTAS baggage handlers who helped to import 200 kilos of cocaine into Australia in 2004/5, as fully admitted by the Australian Federal Police in their 2009 report to the Senate (page 8, point 3.1) and as further explained in this 2005 press article. However, despite the seriousness of their crimes, the then Minister for Justice (Jason Claire MP), openly admitted in May 2013 that none of these workers were ever arrested or charged. Obviously, this is a core failure on the part of the Australian Federal Police (considering the outstanding success of the British police in similar circumstances), which cries out for much more serious investigation.
Since you have (apparently), just informed and assured the Commonwealth Ombudsman that you are genuinely “Investigating” my June 2013 complaint, I assume this must have generated some paperwork (given an intervening period of over 14 months), so this is a Freedom of Information application for firstly, all the relevant paperwork re my original complaint to you, and secondly a Freedom of Information application for all your 2014 correspondence with the Commonwealth Ombudsman (and any accompanying evidence you sent them), in relation to the complaint I made to them about your organisation. If the first FOI application turns up a big fat zero (e.g. I get a response which says no such paperwork exists), I’ll put in another complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, on the grounds that your organisation was obviously lying to them.
Obviously, these matter are directly related to Schapelle’s issues, as these criminal baggage handlers were on duty the exact day she flew and at the exact time - and they are also accused of smuggling drugs between domestic airports, using the bags of the unwitting and innocent public to do so.
Schapelle’s last book was a runaway best seller, that broke records and is still selling. The next one will (I’m sure), exceed even the first - so please consider this correspondence part of the evidence trail for inclusion in that certain-to-be released publication. In other words Robert, you can run but you can’t hide.