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MEDIA RELEASE

DUNCAN KERR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE & CUSTOMS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

4th January 2000

 

War Crimes Allegations

 

It appears likely that an Australian citizen, Conrad Kalejs, will leave Britain and return to Australia in the nea r future.

 

Serious allegations have been made regarding Mr Kalejs. Australian law enforcement authorities have been aware of these allegations for a considerable period of time.

 

Now that Mr. Kalejs appears likely to return to Australia, it is important that the Simon Weisenthal Centre and any other person or persons who have new information concerning the alleged involvement of Mr Kalejs in war crimes provide that information to the Australian Federal Police.

 

The Director of Public Prosecutions has the responsibility for assessing whether there is sufficient evidence to put Mr. Kalejs to trial in this country.

 

The Australian Labor Party regards these allegations with the utmost seriousness and believes that political interference in the investigation and/or prosecution of these matters is not appropriate.

 

For further information: Duncan Kerr’s office, 03 6234 5255

 

 

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