Disguised extradition, Bennett, Tollman and Moti

Disguised extradition, Bennett, Tollman and Moti

In 1896 J. B. Moore, with what turned out to be prophetic insight, drew attention to the possibility of the immigration laws of the United States being utilised for the purpose of extradition: “It is, however, worthy of notice that the immigration laws of the United States require the return to the country from which they came, of all non-political convicts. Though this measure is not in the nature of ...

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Moti appeal exposes mixed loyalties and judicial corruption

Moti appeal exposes mixed loyalties and judicial corruption

Note: The following article appeared in today’s edition of the Fiji Sun and Solomon Star It was written by me in my capacity as a human rights philosopher, researcher, activist and student from the perspective of one who has suffered and continues to suffer the indignity of racial discrimination in his own country. As in the Solomon Islands, my research points to the politicization of the Australian Federal Police by ...

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The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

What many people may not know is that Australia has its very own ‘007’, Federal Agent Peter Bond. Like all good ‘007s’ Federal Agent Bond needs an alias. After reading excerpts from his diary, which came into my possession in the form of subpoenaed material that had been placed into evidence in a matter that was recently heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal, I decided that the most appropriate ...

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A call to our Melanesian brothers and sisters

A call to our Melanesian brothers and sisters

While speaking with Mr Julian Moti QC, the former Attorney-General for the Solomon Islands recently, he pointed out to me that few people in the Pacific know about  the current plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians. Like everyone else, our brothers and sisters in the Pacific have been hoodwinked by ‘white’ Australian propaganda, which is simply another word for corruption. The real facts concerning Indigenous Australians are that ...

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Co-operate or else, AFP thuggery in the pursuit of a white Australia

Co-operate or else, AFP thuggery in the pursuit of a white Australia

97 Quite rightly, the accused regarded ASIO and the AFP as arms of the state. He quite rightly assumed that they were acting together. The notion that he would be likely to reason that the AFP would not tell ASIO about the extent of his cooperation is fanciful. It would also have been utterly mistaken. Not only did the AFP disclose what he had said to ASIO, but both organizations ...

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The strange case of Bill Johnson, a study in neo-colonial hypocrisy

The strange case of Bill Johnson, a study in neo-colonial hypocrisy

Australian Vietnam Veteran, Bill Johnson, appeared in a Solomon Islands court on Tuesday 30th January, 2007 charged with conspiracy to murder. His alleged victim was to be none other than Manasseh Sogavare, the then Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands who at the time was involved in a diplomatic rift with Australia. On Wednesday 31st January, 2007, The Australian published an extract from the police charge sheet that alleged Johnson, 60, ...

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Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the 'arc of instability'

Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the ‘arc of instability’

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), established in 1979, enforces Commonwealth criminal law and protects Australia’s interests at a national and international level. The AFP also contracts out a general policing service to the Australian Capital Territory Government, where it has recently been accused of torture and other human rights violations. The idea expressed by Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern policing in 1829, that police are not merely tools ...

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Australia: The façade of democracy!

Australia: The façade of democracy!

Australia is a signatory to two important international anti-corruption conventions: the United Nations Convention against Corruption (entered into force 14 December 2005) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (entered into force 15 February 1999). In 1999, the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Criminal Code Amendment (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Act to implement Australia’s obligation under the OECD Convention. The ...

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'Thou shall not fall into the chasm of disobeying the rule of law'

‘Thou shall not fall into the chasm of disobeying the rule of law’

Mr Aripaea Salmon is the father of the girl at the centre of the Julian Moti sex tourism allegations, which were reignited by the Australian Federal Police nearly a decade after the original charges were dismissed by a court in Vanuatu in 1999, amid allegations that the Australian Government wanted Moti removed at Attorney-General of the Solomon Islands because of his actual or perceived opposition to the deployment of RAMSI ...

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The AFP and Australian Neo-Colonial Commercial Exploitation in Timor and the Pacific

The AFP and Australian Neo-Colonial Commercial Exploitation in Timor and the Pacific

AFP deploys to East Timor, AFP media release, Sunday, 28 May 2006 “The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can confirm a 45-member team will be deployed to East Timor tomorrow in support of the Australian Defence Force led effort to stabilise the country. The team will be in addition to a six-member AFP advisory group which arrived in Dili in the early hours of this morning. The AFP members will be ...

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