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Bali Nine: Tony Abbott says he believes Joko Widodo is ‘considering position’ on executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he believes his Indonesian counterpart is “carefully considering” his position over the execution of two Australian men. ABC – By Melissa Clarke and Helen Brown Mr Abbott telephoned Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo last night to appeal for clemency for convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. He said he would not reveal the details ... Read More »

Assange appeals to Sweden’s Supreme Court

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has appealed to the Swedish Supreme Court to lift an arrest warrant and end a long-standing legal impasse that has left him seeking refuge in an embassy in London. AAP – Herald Sun SWEDISH prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for the Australian in 2010 after two women accused him of sexual assault. In November, a Swedish ... Read More »

The Islamophobia stirred up by Abbott and Bolt is a bigger threat to us than terrorism

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We’re being asked to give up long-held principles of justice, fairness and liberty, not to mention social cohesion. Is there any threat big enough to warrant that? The Guardian – Julian Burnside, Contact author @JulianBurnside I have been criticised by several people I respect (and a few I do not respect) for a tweet last week in which I said, “Sorry to see ... Read More »

The attack on Triggs is an Abbott stitch-up

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Australia is witnessing a political stitch-up of extraordinary proportions. Not by Professor Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission, as the Prime Minister might wail and cry. No, it is clear what is going on. The Abbott government is cynically moving to de-legitimise certain institutions that perform vital roles in the democratic life of this nation. The Age – Editorial Its ... Read More »

Former police intel chief detained as key figure in Dink murder

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A high-ranking Turkish police chief has been detained inAnkara as part of the investigation into the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Hurriyet – Toygun Atilla Ramazan Akyürek, who was detained in Ankara on Feb. 26, had served as the head of the police in the Black Seaprovince of Trabzon between December 2003 and May 2006. He then served as ... Read More »

We stand for mercy: Australia’s top legal minds sign petition calling for clemency for Chan and Sukumaran

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More than 140 of Australia’s leading law professors, deans and academics have signed a petition pleading with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to use his constitutional powers to spare the lives of the Bali nine pair, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Australians unite for mercy Comment: Bali nine case highlights the quality of mercy The Sydney Morning Herald – Anna Patty, Workplace Editor In ultimately ... Read More »

PM’s ‘sympathy’ with DUP protest

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Belfast Telegraph – David Cameron has said he has “a lot of sympathy” with the Democratic Unionist Party’s protests at being excluded from the proposed general election TV debates. The Prime Minister said there was a difficulty with the broadcasters’ plans which include the Scottish National Party and Wales’s Plaid Cymru but not Northern Ireland’s largest party the DUP. Mr ... Read More »

Opinion: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s execution will not help the war on drugs

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YOUR Excellency President Widodo and our friends in Indonesia, I write to you about executions in Indonesia, brought to my attention by the fact that some Australians are on death row. The Courier Mail - Paul Hegerty * Firstly, let me apologise to you. I am sorry that some of our citizens went to your country and broke your laws. You ... Read More »