National security watchdog to probe case of Witness J, who was tried, sentenced and jailed in total secrecy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Is Australia the China it accuses of being Secretive?(ODT)

Witness J spent 15 months behind bars in Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre, after being sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to two years and seven months in jail for serious national security offences.

After being released from jail in August 2019 under strict conditions, including six-monthly regular psychological testing and an overseas travel ban without prior permission, Witness J launched civil proceedings against the ACT Government.

Witness J has used the anonymity of social media to criticise his former employer and the secrecy shrouding his case.

Former independent national security legislation monitor and leading barrister Bret Walker was alarmed by the Witness J case.

“Permanently secret legal proceedings is not the kind of conduct we want an Australian justice system to include,” he told the ABC late last year.

“The public has an interest to know when information is being kept secret from them — it’s not good enough for the public to be told ‘it’s in your interests that you are not told’.”

via National security watchdog to probe case of Witness J, who was tried, sentenced and jailed in total secrecy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

One thought on “National security watchdog to probe case of Witness J, who was tried, sentenced and jailed in total secrecy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)”

  1. The FBI had nada to loose in Australia, wherefore the Arrest against Julian Assange, that there occurred BY the FBI, was ALREADY an ILLEGAL and thusly NILL AND VOID abusive and therefore naught as in naughty as in illegal being thusly mere sudo-arrest. An arrest with no legal justification nor validity whatsoever.

    That this other WITNESS here was BANNED from the Public AND HELD anyhow in CONFINEMENT CUSTODY, is an illegal SWINERY and would mark the downfall of Australia furthered by another 4 years of US Trumpism. Which is why if Bernie isn’t voted for and if votes are thusly then simply either rigged or people are too dumb, which is now not, what I assume, then that would be indeed SOMEWHAT more disastrous THAN a Bernie eight years of reconvalescence. But that IS probably gonna come: Bernie’s got 35 Percent. ! That’s good. ! >:] HECATE! :]

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