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Lack of Justice the real problem: not leaks.



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Media Statement Wednesday 18th July 2007

SENATOR ANDREW BARTLETT Queensland Democrat Senator QUEENSLAND’S ONLY INDEPENDENT VOICE IN THE SENATE

Lack of Justice the real problem - not leaks

Democrat Deputy Leader Andrew Bartlett says Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty is being selective in his concerns about the leaking of one of Dr Haneef’s police interview transcripts.

“There is always a steady stream of leaks coming from the government aimed at harming the reputation of people like Dr Haneef, yet it is rare to hear police express concern about those,” Senator Bartlett said.

"This whole case reeks of one rule for the government and different rules for others. Equal treatment before the law is another of the many principles this government has deliberately trashed.

"While Mr Keelty holds concern about transcripts prejudicial to the prosecution’s case being publicly aired, where is the outrage about the reversal of the presumption of innocence?

“The fundamental issue here is that people must not be locked up without very good reason. Either they should have been found guilty of a crime through a fair court process, or be a serious risk to public safety.

“Dr Haneef has been found neither guilty nor a risk to public safety. Indeed at no stage has the government or the Police asserted that he is a safety risk. Yet he’s been locked up and publicly vilified by the government.

“This government and Mr Keelty should stop their pouting and remember which freedoms it is they are supposed to be defending - freedom from arbitrary detention, the presumption of innocence and a fair go,” Senator Bartlett concluded.

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