Police name for judicial inquiry at DPP ‘smears’

ALLEGED makes an attempt to smear police by the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold are “untested and at present topic to inside AFP mechanisms”, says Australian Federal Police Affiliation president Alex Caruana.

Police affiliation president Alex Caruana. Photograph: Belinda Strahorn

Caruana is asking for a full judicial inquiry following the mis-trail and subsequent determination to desert prosecution of Bruce Lehrman, accused of raping political staffer Brittany Higgins, a cost the defendant has all the time denied.

“The Guardian” is reporting that Drumgold, in a letter to the ACT police chief in November,  obtained by freedom of data legal guidelines, requires an inquiry into “political and police conduct” throughout investigation of Higgins’ claims.

He complains that cops engaged in “a really clear marketing campaign to stress” him to not prosecute the alleged rape of Higgins, saying there was “inappropriate interference” and he felt investigators “clearly aligned with the profitable defence of this matter” in the course of the trial.

Drumgold’s letter, alleges Higgins herself felt bullied by investigators. The letter requires a public inquiry to look at “each political and police conduct” within the case.

“Whereas Mr Drumgold has known as for an inquiry into the actions of police, any inquiry, within the pursuits of impartiality and holism, should additionally assess the conduct of Mr Drumgold, the DPP, the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner and ACT Legal professional-Normal Shane Rattenbury, in addition to points inflicting delays within the trial and subsequent mistrial,” says Caruana.

“The ACT authorities should full a evaluate of all the judicial system immediately; the system is in shambles because of Mr Rattenbury’s inaction and incompetence. If the attorney-general won’t name for a full and complete inquiry into the justice system, then the ACT Chief Minister should step in and take motion.

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“The AFPA additionally questions if data was intentionally leaked by the ACT DPP to the media and believes breaches of the FOI laws are prone to have occurred.

“The FOI from the ACT DPP to ‘The Guardian’, to our information, has no redactions, and it consists of private particulars of officers concerned within the investigation. ACT Policing was not consulted on the discharge of data and its members’ particulars.

“The AFPA will make a proper grievance to the Workplace of the Australian Info Fee and the ACT Ombudsman relating to the potential of FOI breaches and misconduct by the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

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Ian Meikle, editor