Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer Paul Svilans filed an affidavit in his defamation case against Channel 10 and News Corp which shows further evidence of the Australian Federal Police’s conspiracy to protect Bruce Lehrmann from rape charges.
When Paul Svilans’ affidavit is put together with a letter of complaint against the Federal Police by the ACT DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) Shane Drumgold it shows that the AFP tried twice to make sure the DPP didn’t recommend criminal charges against Bruce Lehrmann even before the police had interviewed Bruce Lehrmann.
In a previous article I published on the 5th of March 2023 titled “AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw colluded with Rupert Murdoch and Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers to undermine rape trial” I published the full letter of complaint by ACT DPP Shane Drumgold. In that letter, Shane Drumgold says the AFP met with him 3 times to persuade him not to recommend criminal change for rape against Bruce Lehrmann. (Click here to read the full letter)
The first meeting was on the 31st of March 2021 and the second meeting was on the 12th of April 2021. Shane Drumgold says in his letter:
But we now know from the below extract from the affidavit of Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer that the police had not even interviewed Lehrmann when they were telling the DPP there is not enough evidence to charge Lehrmann.
Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer Paul Svilans said in his affidavit that Bruce Lehrmann was not interviewed by the AFP until the 19th of April 2021.
Lehrmann’s interview with the AFP is 20 days after the AFP first met with Shane Drumgold, on the 1st of March, to try and convince him not to recommend charges against Lerhmann and 7 days after the AFP’s second meeting with Shane Drumgold and second attempt to make sure the DPP did not recommend charges against Lehrmann. There was a third attempt by the AFP on the 1st of June to make sure the DPP did not recommend charges against Lehrmann.
Bruce Lehrmann told the police at the interview he went back to Parliament House, on the night he allegedly raped Brittany Higgins, because he had urgent work to do. Lehrmann’s boss told the court at the rape trial that was a lie and Lehrmann didn’t have urgent work to do.
That lie by itself is important circumstantial evidence the Federal Police did not have when they were trying to talk the DPP out of charging Lehrmann at the first meeting on the 31st of March 2021 and the second meeting on the 12th of April 2021. That by itself points to a police cover-up.
And how did the Federal Police know on the 31st of March and 12th of April that Lehrmann would not plead guilty if and when they interviewed him?
Bruce Lehrmann’s decision to sue for defamation is already starting to reveal other potential crimes by others because if a police cover-up can be proven then criminal charges against police could follow. I think all will be revealed over the next few months at the ACT Inquiry into the alleged police cover-up. But the more evidence that is on the public record now the better.
Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case against Channel 10 and News Corp is back in court Thursday the 23rd of March. It’s for the completion of the hearing about whether he should be granted an extension of time to file his claim given it was filed outside the 12 month time limit. I will live Tweet the hearing.
Update (23/3/23): I have just published the below video on YouTube titled “Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer fails to give evidence in court. Did Bruce & his lawyer go on a Coke binge?” which covers today’s hearing.
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