DEALING DRUG MONEY WITH THE JUDICIARY
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
I have been against the death penalty ever since a journalist friend bore witness to Australia’s last execution, that of Ronald Ryan on Febuary 3, 1967 in Coburg’s Pentridge Prison. But I have covered a number of stories on Indonesia’s death penalty and the part it plays in an outrageously corrupt judiciary and military.
But there was one story I ignored, and I shouldn’t have. It involved a Mr McJannett who was arrested for importing drugs through Denpasar Airport.
He had detailed how he had escaped back to Australia after serving a paltry few months in Kerobokan Prison with the Bali nine and Corby.
Three years ago I spoke at length with Mr McJannett but his story could not be corroborated... no-one else was prepared to come forward, so I spiked it.
One drug importer's tale of his own experience wrestling with the judiciary of one of the most corrupt nations on earth was compelling and publishable if only it could have been substantiated by someone other than the drug importer himself.
I have now seen documented proof of what he has claimed all along and Australian officials appear to be deeply mired in that Indonesian cesspit where even the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, was found to have taken a bribe of $232,000 in a brown paper bag.
This is McJannett’s story:
CORRECTION: Ryan was hung in 1967.