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June 08, 2005

オーストラリア 「裏切り者は黙れ」?

keelty_001悲劇のヒロイン、シャペル・コービ(Schapelle Corby)ーさん側の主張に反論したのは、なんとオーストラリア連邦警察長官Mick Keelty 氏。

1:「手荷物係がコービーさんの荷物に大麻を入れたとは思えない。」
2:「コービーさん側の証人には証拠がない。」

2:の証人は複数の重罪で服役中のジョン・フォード。
彼は刑務所で「"コービーさんのバッグに大麻を入れた"と別の囚人が話して`いるのを聞いた」、と証言
その「別の囚人の名前」を証言するのは拒否。

彼女の有罪無罪については僕はわかりませんが、

Mick Keelty 氏は「Enemy within(裏切り者)、首にすべきだ」と新聞でさんざん叩かれました。

Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has questioned Ms Corby's defence about the involvement of baggage handlers and played down evidence by Victorian prisoner John Ford as unsubstantiated.
Nespapers called him "Corby's enemy within".

Corby's enemy within
Neil Mitchell
17may05

THERE'S a great deal of Lindy Chamberlain about Schapelle Corby.

Everybody "knows" whether she did it, destructive rumours waft around her continually, and by any fair judgment she should be found not guilty.
She is also an attractive and unusual type of girl who has handled an awful situation in an oddly dramatic fashion.

Added to that she is now the victim of police blundering because a man whose words carry considerable weight has twice publicly undermined her, seriously damaging any chance she had of an acquittal.

That man is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Mick Keelty, and he still does not get it.

Yesterday, as he repeated his dangerous words, he continued to deny he had done anything wrong.

Last week he said there was no "intelligence" to support Corby's defence that her bags had been tampered with and rightly was criticised for influencing the case.

Yesterday he repeated that, putting himself in direct conflict with his own government, which has written to the Indonesian court telling them about the baggage tampering claims.

So John Howard thought it must be passed on.

Why did Keelty feel it must be publicly dismissed?

In attempting to defend his own police force he has abandoned an Australian citizen who, regardless of the flaws in the Indonesian justice system, must have a right in this country to be considered innocent until proven otherwise.

Privately, many senior Victorian police are appalled by what he has said.

But they are not surprised. There is a broadly held view around Australia's intelligence "industry" that before New York exploded under an attack of murderous aeroplanes, the AFP suffered from "relevance deprivation syndrome".

Since then, and despite a number of high-profile drug busts, many state police have continued the theme, describing the force as incompetent.

Perhaps it is just nastiness from a turf war, although they may also be right, because if Mick Keelty's behaviour is any indication, this is an organisation confused about its role and the principles of justice.

Schapelle Corby should be found not guilty of drug trafficking. That's not saying she's innocent, but there's no question she should be acquitted.

Very few people would know if she carried the 4kg of marijuana into Bali, but equally important, no court can know for certain that she did. In Australia, that means she would be found not guilty because there is not just reasonable doubt, there's significant doubt.

In Indonesia, they don't prove her guilt, she has to prove her innocence.

But the foreign courts, wrong as they are, remain beyond our control.

Mick Keelty is not -- and today his job should be in jeopardy. He seems to have decided Corby is guilty, which is his right.

But he has stated that publicly, which shows a frightening lack of understanding of his role and his responsibilities.

His comments came as events in Australia should have increased pressure for Corby to be acquitted.

On the day her bags travelled through Sydney airport it is alleged that Qantas baggage handlers were helping to smuggle cocaine.

There are suggestions that as many as 25 could be sacked for corruption.

The Indonesian judges say that is nothing to do with them because it happened in Australia.

That is wrong.

It goes to the heart of Corby's defence that somebody placed the drugs in her bag by mistake.

It is dangerous and ridiculous that in the middle of this delicate situation Mick Keelty has twice undermined Corby.

He had already criticised evidence supporting her case from Victorian prisoner John Ford, and then last week he said this:

"There is very little intelligence to suggest that baggage handlers are using innocent people to traffic heroin or other drugs between states."

And more: "It's rare that the person carrying the drugs doesn't realise that they're carrying the drugs on behalf of a syndicate."

Then yesterday, this: "There are tens of thousands of people who travel to Bali each and every year. The evidence and the intelligence of interference with those bags or drugs suddenly arriving in Bali just doesn't exist."

In other words, on the basis of his experience and the lack of police "intelligence" the Corby defence is most unlikely to be true.

His words were self-serving. If baggage handlers did conspire to place the drugs in her bag, it is further indication of corruption in the airports.

Who has responsibility to police that? Mick Keelty.

It looks better for the AFP if Corby is guilty rather than a victim of crooked airports.

And when the Bali nine were arrested and accused of smuggling heroin, he didn't bother about due process for them either, declaring that they had been caught "red-handed".

There are responsibilities and privileges that go with being a senior policeman and one responsibility is to think before you speak.

As Australia's head of police, Mick Keelty has a mouth that can be a dangerous weapon.

He should wield it with care.

The man who could replace him, Victorian assistant commissioner Simon Overland, yesterday spoke warily of public debate on the case and said if it were being tried in Australia some comments would have been "improper".

HE is right. If this case was in Australia, Mick Keelty could be in contempt of court and facing the sack.

If we are to be fair it should make no difference that his words have harmed a young woman sitting in a Bali jail cell rather than one at Barwon.

Mick Keelty won't be sacked: that would be a political disaster for the Government.

But the search should begin for a new head of police.

A man with so little understanding of fundamental justice does not deserve to carry our badge.

nmitchell@3aw.com.au

NEIL MITCHELL broadcasts from 8.30am weekdays on 3AW.


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こんにちは。先日は私のブログに来ていただいてありがとうございました。Schapelle Corby事件はどんどんドロ沼化してるようにも見えますが、こうした事実だけを冷静に主張する人は、必要ですよね。正義感に水をさすような「事実」にフタをしてしまう行為は、あまりに子供っぽいと思います。Schapelle Corbyさんにをサポートしたいのだったら、捜査や裁判、法律、国際交流はそれぞれのエキスパートにまかせるべき。この連邦警察長官は、インドネシアに向けて、「オーストラリアは冷静に中立の立場で捜査している」っていうポーズでもあったのではないかと思います。新聞社はやっぱ商売だから、あまり国民感情に反するような書き方はしないだろうし(SUNだし)。別な意味で国民感情を煽る言葉はバンバン使っていますが。
オーストラリア人の「90%が無罪を信じる」っていうのも、テレビの特集番組でSMSを使って行った調査であって、そもそも興味のない人はこの番組を見てないし、有罪が無罪か決定的証拠を握ってない人(それは全員なのだけど)はわざわざ投票しないでしょう。
実際、オーストラリアでインドネシア・バッシングに意識してててもしてなくても参加してる人は、極一部の人だと思います。きっと数年まえにポーリン・ハンセンに煽られて人種差別が流行ったとき思わずノってしまった人とダブってるのではないかな、と思ったりしてます。
なんにしても、オ−ストラリアで一番気の毒なのはSchapelleの家族・知人で、一番熱くなって国民感情を煽ってるのはマスコミでしょう。

Posted by: 梅小豆 | June 08, 2005 at 01:42 PM

うらしまさん コメントをありがとうございます。
本当に難しいですよね。もしも冤罪だったら・・・と思うと、疑わしきは罰せずという方がいいのかなぁと思ったり。海外に住む者として、色々と考えさせられた一件です。

うらしまさんもバイリンガルサイトにされているのですね。これからも頑張って下さいね。では。

Posted by: minapiyo | June 08, 2005 at 05:02 PM

梅小豆さん。
英国Guardianではコービーさん事件を"Beauty and the East"(Beauty and the Beastのもじり)として比較的冷静に紹介していました。
梅小豆さんのおっしゃるようにノっているのは一部の人だとしても、外からは彼女が「獣の国にとらわれて美女」扱いのように見えてしまうのが残念です。
インドネシアとの囚人交換交渉も進んでいるようです。
「面倒のタネ」には早々にお引取り願いたいのがホンネかもしれませんね。

Posted by: うらしま | June 09, 2005 at 12:23 PM

minapiyo さん。
僕も彼女の有罪無罪についてはわかりません。
無罪ならはやく釈放されてほしいと思います。
騒いでも騒がなくても結果は変わらない(むしろ悪い)とは思いますが。
バイリンガルは大変ですよね。
英字新聞から表現をいただくことも多いですが、毎日強制的な英作文です。(笑)

Posted by: うらしま | June 09, 2005 at 12:32 PM

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