July 5, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is not ruling out dropping spying charges in a commonwealth case involving East Timor.
The former president of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao, has urged the federal government to abandon its prosecution against a former spy known as Witness K and Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery.
“These are matters that obviously get considered within the government and with the attorney-general,” Mr Morrison told ABC radio on Friday.
“Based on that advice, we’ll continue to consider all those matters very cautiously.”
The pair are charged with exposing an Australian spying operation against East Timor.
Mr Gusmao, who is now a senior minister, has described the charges as an injustice.