By Simon Langford
A week ago, it emerged that the Australian Federal Police hold a secretly recorded conversation between two known criminals, discussing the collection of marijuana from Sydney airport on 8th October 2004. They have hidden the tape for seven years.
Why have they hidden it?
Because on 8th October 2004, a young woman travelled through Sydney to Indonesia. When she arrived, she found 4.2kg of marijuana in her bag. After a sham trial, in which the judge had never acquitted anyone in over 500 cases, she was jailed for 20 years.
She cried. She refused to make a false confession, whatever they threatened her with. She begged for airport CCTV tapes. She begged for fingerprinting. She begged for the marijuana to be DNA tested for source.
The Indonesians and the Australians refused it all, and provided nothing.