Australian Federal Police Break Silence On Why They Tipped Off Indonesian Authorities About Bali Nine
It's the question that has divided a nation for over 10 years, but the Australian Federal Police have kept very quiet about the fact that they were the ones to hand over Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to the Indonesian Government.
The question we want answered is, given their fate after a long term rehabilitation, was the AFP's decision to inform the Indonesian Government of their arrival to Bali, the right one?
After a press conference held today by the AFP, a few things are clear, according to an article on The Guardian.
- The AFP do NOT think an apology is owed to the families of the executed Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Though, Commissioner Andrew Colvin said that while he 'felt' for the families, he thought the decision to give the Indonesian authorities information about the Bali Nine was the right one.
- The guidelines around how and when the AFP trades information with countries that have the death penalty have changed “substantially” since the arrest of the Bali Nine in 2005, according to Colvin. However, he cannot say one way or another if the same decision would be made today to give information to Indonesian police in identical circumstances to the Bali Nine under the new guidelines. Colvin also could not guarantee that information traded with the AFP and other countries wouldn’t result in the executions of Australians again.
- Colvin and deputy commissioner Mike Phelan denied that Australia’s relationship with Indonesia was a factor in the decision to hand over information about the Bali Nine.
- The Bali Nine were not arrested in Australia due to an apparent 'lack of evidence', though Colvin says the police were well aware of the syndicate before they left the country, and would be in the exact same situation regardless of Scott Rush's father's tip off.
- When asked if it would be in the best interest of the AFP if it was simply against the law to refer Australian's to countries that have the death penalty, Colvin said it would "severely impact" the ability of the AFP to stop drugs coming into Australia.
Source: The Guardian