The judges who heard the Bali Nine heroin trafficker cases allegedly asked for bribes to give them a reduced sentence. There are calls to have the executions of 2 Bali Nine members stayed while the alleged bribery is investigated. (Click here to read more)
Some people might think it is just lies and a tactic to save the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. But that sort of thing happens in Australia so there is a good chance it could be true.
Some examples are Murray Farquhar and Rex Jackson. The former NSW Chief Magistrate Murray Farquhar went to jail in 1985 for being corrupt and the infamous Rex Jackson who was the NSW Minister for Corrective Services in the 1980’s took bribes to grant prisoners early release. In “April 1982, he instituted an early release scheme for some categories of prisoners”. It started off with an average of one prisoner a month being released early but quickly escalated to 50 a month when Jackson’s bribe taking was at its peak. (Click here and here to read more)
Rex Jackson was sent to jail for 3 years for a couple of the bribes but most of it was swept under the carpet by the then Labor Government.
People might say the Jackson and Farquhar crimes where 30 odd years ago and it doesn’t happen now. Well the NSW parliament has just had an inquiry and is due to publish a report in the next week or so regarding police corruption. It also included over 20 NSW Supreme Court judges issuing corrupt warrants based on little or no evidence justifying the warrants. So why did more than 20 judges issue the warrants? There must have been some benefit for them to issue dodgy warrants.
And of course this website is a judicial corruption site and there are many instances of recent judicial corruption in the other articles on here.
I am no fan of the death penalty but I do believe if you commit a crime in another country you have to take the consequences and it is not for us to interfere in another country’s legal system. But the key point is that judicial corruption happens here and clearly happens in Indonesia. So should people be sent to their death when the conviction is possibly tainted?
There is no disputing the Bali Nine are guilty of the crimes they have been convicted of. What is debatable is whether or not Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran should have been given the death sentence when the other 7 have been spared. And have the judges acted fairly and honestly?
Understandably Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are getting all the media attention at the moment but the other 7 members of the Bali Nine have almost been forgotten. I think their lighter sentences should be highlighted to put Chan’s and Sukumaran’s death penalty into context because I do not think what they did was any worse than the others.
The Bali Nine crimes really needs to be a 10,000 page book, not a short post such as this, but I think the points I make above add some value to the debate. And that is what is happening right now, politicians and the public in 2 countries are debating whether or not 2 people should live or die. The allegations against the Federal Police and their role (as per the below video) is not one of corruption but of pure incompetence and dereliction of their duty. To the best of my knowledge the Federal Police have never fully explained themselves regarding the Bali Nine. Maybe it is about time they did.
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch)
The video is of former federal police Commissioner Mick Keelty and current Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan giving evidence for the Bali Nine member Scott Rush death sentence appeal in 2010.
Everyone has an opinion on the Bali Nine and if Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are executed it will have a polarizing effect for the nation. It is a complex issue. People who deal heroin ultimately kill me but does that give us the right to kill them? And if the federal police had not tipped off the Indonesian police regarding the Bali Nine and had waited for them to come back to Australia and arrested them then they would be out of jail now.
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