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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 902


Senator CARRICK - My question, which is directed to the Attorney-General, is supplementary to that asked by Senator Douglas McClelland in which he implied that there have been no successful prosecutions resulting from bombing incidents. 1 ask the Attorney-General whether it is a fact that on 2nd January 1970 the Australian Capital Territory police arrested 2 Croats, Terzic and Dragoja, who were found in possession of explosives. Is it also a fact that both men admitted that their intention was to blow up the statue of Mihajlovich in the Serbian Orthodox Church in Canberra? ls it a further fact that both men were sentenced to 9 months gaol?


Senator GREENWOOD - The honourable senator has the advantage of me, but I do know sufficient of the general circumstances to know that 2 Croats were arrested in the Australian Capital Territory about 2 years ago. I do not recall the full details, but I accept what the honourable senator has said. In answer to Senator Douglas McClelland I did say that it was not true to say that there had been no arrests with regard to any bombing incident. There is another incident which 1 can bring to mind which also led to an arrest. As I said to Senator Douglas McClelland, the details must depend upon the bombing incident to which the honourable senator was referring. I am grateful to Senator Carrick for having asked the question.







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