Lehrmann inquiry: what about political interference, asks Lee?
THE allegations of “political interference” and the conduct of the ACT attorney-general particularly haven’t been included within the phrases of reference for the Board of Inquiry into the Bruce Lehrmann trial, says Liberal chief Elizabeth Lee.
“Whereas the Canberra Liberals welcome the announcement and institution of the Board of Inquiry it’s disappointing, however not shocking, that the phrases of reference have been drafted in a manner which are pretty slender,” she mentioned.
“What’s starkly lacking is any reference to the intense allegations of ‘political interference’ and the conduct of the ACT attorney-general.
“We’ve had lots of stakeholders and members of the general public increase considerations concerning the conduct of the Legal professional-Common and his function on this trial. Now that we’ve got seen the revealed phrases of reference it’s clear these allegations usually are not being taken severely by the Chief Minister and the Legal professional-Common.
“The Legal professional-Common should clarify to the general public why he’s above the regulation and why his conduct shouldn’t be being lined within the inquiry.
“An allegation of political interference in a judicial continuing is extraordinarily severe and the truth that this has not been addressed is of concern.”
Ms Lee additionally raised considerations about the truth that juror misconduct was left off the phrases of reference with the attorney-general stating that matter shall be checked out individually.
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Ian Meikle, editor