10 May 2015

Why the AFP (Australian Federal Police) should be charged with relation to the Bali 9 executions

There has been a lot written by the corporate media with respect to the executions of two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in the "Bali 9" drug smuggling ring, with many opinions being very polarised on social media as a result.

Many people have reacted with emotion and vowed not to travel to Bali for vacations, some have supported Indonesia's death penalty, while others have condemned the action.

In all of this kerfuffle, the media spotlight shone away from the AFP (Australian Federal Police) and their involvement that led to the executions of the two Australians.

Quite simply put the Australian Federal Police aided and abetted in criminal activity and they should be charged.

From a legal perspective, from the Criminal Code Act (1995),

Section 11.2 Complicity and common purpose

(1) A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the commission
of an offence by another person is taken to have committed
that offence and is punishable accordingly.

(2) For the person to be guilty:
(a) the person’s conduct must have in fact aided, abetted,
counselled or procured the commission of the offence by the
other person; and
(b) the offence must have been committed by the other person.

(3) For the person to be guilty, the person must have intended that:
(a) his or her conduct would aid, abet, counsel or procure the
commission of any offence (including its fault elements) of
the type the other person committed; or
(b) his or her conduct would aid, abet, counsel or procure the
commission of an offence and have been reckless about the
commission of the offence (including its fault elements) that
the other person in fact committed.

Ref: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A04868

There is no doubt that the AFP have committed a 'criminal offence', but who will take that to task?

See also articles: 

The Australian Federal Police abandoned informer

Sacked AFP officer: 'We lie to members of the community on a daily basis'


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