Australia/Timor Leste: Xanana Gusmao offers to give evidence that could embarrass Australia in Witness K trial

August 26, 2019

Seven protesters stand with signs urging for the "real criminals" to be charged for people to "tell the truth".

The former prime minister of Timor Leste, Xanana Gusmao, says he wants to travel to Canberra to give evidence in court on behalf of former spy Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery if their prosecution continues.

Mr Gusmao has told Four Corners his evidence is likely to embarrass previous Australian governments in relation to the 2004 intelligence operation in which the Dili offices of the prime minister Mari Alkatiri were bugged by Australian foreign agents during treaty negotiations over oil and gas in the Timor Sea.

“I already promised to them, if it was not a secret trial, I will go to be their witness,” Mr Gusmao told Four Corners.

When asked what he would reveal in court, Mr Gusmao said, “All the information that I know.”

Witness K is a former intelligence agent who was involved in the Dili bugging operation in 2004. Mr Collaery is his former lawyer.

The pair are facing potential jail sentences after being prosecuted for allegedly conspiring to share secret information with the government of Timor Leste over the spying operation.

Mr Collaery faces four further charges over speaking to ABC journalists about the matter following an ASIO and AFP raid on his home and office.

Senior lawyers and crossbench politicians have expressed concerns about the prosecution and the secrecy surrounding the trials against the two men which are being run under the National Security Information (NSI) Act.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-26/xanana-gusmao-offers-to-give-evidence-in-witness-k-trial/11436286

https://7news.com.au/politics/former-east-timor-leader-warns-australia-c-418755

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/xanana-gusmao-speaks-out-in-support-of-witness-k,-collaery/11447042

Collaery battles on, but who cares?

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/four-corners/series/2019/video/NC1903H029S00

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-26/brandis-had-misgivings-about-prosecuting-witness-k-and-collaery/11449758

What Four Corners left out of the Witness K story

https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-immoral-act-against-a-decent-man-diminishes-all-who-pursue-it-20190827-p52l54.html

https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6355489/east-timor-spy-case-lawyers-get-more-time/?cs=9397

https://www.smh.com.au/national/secret-whistleblower-trial-will-only-add-to-australia-s-shame-over-spying-cover-up-20190827-p52ldh.html

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/morrison-flies-into-a-storm-in-east-timor-over-witness-k-prosecution-20190828-p52lmc.html

The Witness K debacle can still end poorly for the government

Click to access national_security_legal_professional_privilege_and_the_bar_rules_print.pdf

The Prosecution of Bernard Collaery and Witness K: International and Regional Implications – Greg Barns

https://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/news/ala-calls-for-collaery-prosecution-to-be-dropped

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/23/australia-dont-prosecute-exposure-misconduct

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/Australian_AttorneyGeneral_Drop_the_charges_against_truthtellers_re_Australian_spying_on_Timor/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.change.org/p/pm-morrison-drop-the-charges-against-bernard-collaery-and-witness-k (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Collaery

https://internasional.republika.co.id/berita/pwtuj1/xanan-gusmao-bersedia-berikan-kesaksian-soal-kasus-penyadapan-timor-leste-di-australia (INDONESIAN)

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