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AFP investigation into paedophile activity

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Australian Federal Police

Media Release

7 JUNE 1995

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The AFP has undertaken investigations into information which was provided in 1988 and 1993 concerning allegations that Australian diplomats were involved in paedophile activity.

In confirming that investigations had been undertaken Commissioner Mick Palmer said that he was satisfied that detailed inquiries conducted when these allegations were first raised were thorough, involved overseas inquiries and established that there was no evidence in support of the allegations linking Australian diplomats to

paedophile activity.

Mr Palmer also confirmed that the most recent allegations by World Vision were referred by the Minister for Justice to the AFP last week. Mr Palmer said the passage of the Crimes (Child Sex Tourism) Amendment Act 1994 would greatly assist the AFP in its investigation of the latest allegations.

In previous investigations the AFP had received the full cooperation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Investigations of this nature are invariably complex and require a high degree of cooperation between agencies. The AFP confirmed that its inquiries were greatly assisted by not only the cooperation of DFAT officials but also overseas police services.

The information provided by a media spokesperson yesterday was based on incomplete information and reflected an internal classification which identified this inquiry as an assessment rather than an investigation.

Mr Palmer apologised for any confusion that the AFP response may have caused.

Media inquiries:

Mr John Ireland Ph: 275 7103