From: stewart beattie -

Sent: Sunday, 29 July 2007 10:16 AM
Copy sent to The Mercury – Letters to The Editor 29.07.07 at 0914hr EST

An open letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Tasmania


Dear Sir,


The revelations that have emerged in the last few days with regard to the Federal DPP’s case against the Gold Coast-based doctor Mohamed Haneef reveal just the tip of a very rotten the iceberg I believe, indicating the depths to which our system of community policing, justice and politics has sunk – quickly I may add, over the past 12-14 years.


The breathtaking speed at which Haneef was arrested by nation wide actions of the Australian Federal Police, aided by various state police forces, and via the vociferous applaud springing from the Member for Benelong (some may know as “the Prime Minister” – for there is no such office in The Constitution), all thinking Australians must have found offensive at least and more than likely quite abhorrent.


However, and thankfully, even under the foreboding shadow of the newly enacted and draconian anti-terrorism laws, journalists began to probe for explanations as to evidence sufficient to warrant the blackening of this man’s character nationally and globally before the accused had even come to trial.  The raucous chatter pre-empting the guilt of the accused was arguably loudest from Members of the Commonwealth Parliament, such as Phillip Ruddock, John Howard, Kevin Andrews and their ilk, not to mention Mick Keelty the AFP head.  But the wheels soon began to fall off the wagon conveying the outrageous moves and countermoves to keep the accused detained despite a Magistrate’s order to the contrary!


First politicians and Keelty told of a lone specimen of empirical evidence, claimed to positively enmesh Haneef in a partnership (even when considered carefully a tenuous link at best I should think) with alleged terrorists in the UK.  It was claimed a SIM card used in a mobile phone had been allegedly given to one of his relative, and that that card had been recovered from the burn-out car at an airport, thus proving the terrorist link.


The magistrate sitting for Haneef’s preliminary hearing apparently was not convinced that the accused posed a threat to the community as he was released on surety of bail.  Though in a move which demonstrated peremption, Kevin Andrews, a Minister of The Crown acting in the portfolio of Immigration, had his agents indict Haneef at the courthouse door.  As I pointed out, this detention could only be justified by a presumption on the part of Kevin Andrews of Haneef’s guilt before the fact!


It was at this point, the whole miscarriage of justice collapsed for those who have usurped the freedoms Australians, freedoms incidentally we all once took for granted as inalienable.


For then it was revealed, the charges against Haneef regarding the SIM card were based on a bare-faced lie.  The SIM card was not recovered by UK police from the burnt-out car, “instead, the SIM card had been found in the home of Kafeel's brother, Sabeel, in Liverpool several hundred kilometres from the attack scene.”


This revelation had the monkeys climbing the wall!  Howard has put an ocean between himself and his two bureaucrats; Bugg and Keelty.


"Bearing in mind that the detention of the man was undertaken by the police and not at the request or direction or encouragement of the Government, and that the case was prepared and presented by the Director of [Public] Prosecutions, I think that the right thing now is for those two men to explain the process and explain the reasons," John Howard is reported to have stated.  Has not the organ grinder put the organ handle in the hands of his monkeys?


This situation reminds me immediately of the 1996 case prosecuted by none other than the same public servant Damien Bugg QC – then the DPP for Tasmania – against Martin Bryant, like the SIM card which was “…several hundred kilometres from the attack scene.” 


Martin Bryant was about 58 km away from Seascape Cottage taking coffee, when David Martin was murdered there in the forenoon of Sunday 28th April, 1996.


When is the present Director of Public Prosecutions for Tasmania going to reopen the Crown’s case against the intellectually damaged and incarcerated for life Martin Bryant?


I remain,


Yours Sincerely,


Stewart Beattie






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