Carr attacks right to bail Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 June 2004

SYDNEY — NSW Premier Bob Carr introduced — and had passed within 48 hours — new laws which make it nearly impossible for “terrorist suspects” to receive bail. The laws took effect on June 3.


This move followed the granting of bail to Bilal Khazal, from Lakemba in Sydney’s west, on June 2. He is the first person in Australia to be charged with inciting terrorism.


Green Left Weekly spoke with Agnes Chong, legal convenor of the Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network. Chong said that there were fundamental flaws with the way the legislation was passed. “It was rushed through both houses of the New South Wales parliament in just 48 hours. It is knee-jerk law-making of the worst kind, stemming from nothing but hysteria.”


“The greatest irony”, said Chong, “was that the Crown Prosecutor was reportedly neutral on the bail issue, leaving it up to the judge. Given that even the prosecutor, who knows the evidence better than any politician or the general public, didn’t demand that bail be refused, what kind of position are politicians in to interfere in the process?”


Dale Mills - Green Left Weekly issue #586, 23 June 2004


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