Canberra prisoner prompts secrecy debate with comment on’strict process’
A former prisoner who helped the Australian Federal Police carry out an investigation into a murder is calling on the federal government to reveal the reason for its use of a secret court.
Peter Loughnell was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 1996 for the murder of John Horsley-Smith.
He was released in 2007 following a five-year appeals process, after he became convinced he was being framed by the AFP and was believed to be under suspicion and unable to confront the agency over the murder.
Mr Loughnell’s remarks about secrecy바카라 came in response to Mr Justice Dyson’s speech last night, in which he said the use of a secret court was an “achievement” for the AFP, but was also contrary to the rule of law and “a grave miscarriage of justice”.
He also called on Mr Abbott to stop referring to the secret court as the Australian Federal Police, as that is what Mr Abbott once did.
“If he wants to give us a name, you would do much better by saying he is giving us a secret criminal court,” Mr Loughnell said.
“The fact that you use the Australian Federal Police, the very organisation which is called the AFP… is nothing but one of those things that has helped you.”
Mr Loughnell has been one of the prime supporters of the Australian Federal Police’s reform work over the last decade.natyasastra.com
In 2013 he received a $40,000 grant from the NSW Government, funded directly by Mr Abbott.
Speaking from prison this week, he spoke of how much anger and pain he felt towards the Federal Government when he was found out about the $40,000 grant.
He said he was able to get back into the community in time for Christmas.
“It’s been frustrating because I felt like I was locked away for nine years until I finally got out,” he said.
“My wife, who knew all about the work I was going for, gave me a lift back to my old place of employment. It made me feel that I was doing something right.”
The case of Peter Loughnell is part of a huge new national picture of high-profile death row inmates.
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Last year the Supreme Court also found the use of such evidence was no longer