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Monday, 4 May 1987
Page: 2207

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. This petition of concern to Australian citizens asks that:

If, there is to be legal process against alleged war criminals resident in Australia, the foundations of justice should be clear and equitable.

1. Let the term, ``war crime'', be first clearly defined.

2. Let specific prosecutions be swiftly launched against those individuals alleged to have committed them, thus releasing the rest of their co-nationals from unwarranted slur and suspicion.

3. Let an Australian tribunal hear the charges. Nobody should be deported to face the ``tender mercies'' of any foreign government.

4. Let the presumption of innocence until proved guilt be clearly established.

5. Let all evidence obtained from the Soviet or any other communist government be set aside and totally disregarded.

6. Let all the costs of any person charged and found not guilty be paid by the Commonwealth Government so that innocent people are not financially ruined in the course of establishing their innocence.

And your petitioners as in duty bound ever pray.

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