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.
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.
An excellent program. “Secrets, Spies and Trials: National security vs the public's right to kn… https://t.co/Fst2HWFyQJ” To acknowledge @WilkieMP, Australia is in a pre-Police State stage, not there yet. Hopefully as Bernard Collaery said, we live in a Boomerang society
“Our solidarity with Witness K and Bernard Collaery”, read these banners, just carried into today’s solidarity festival in Dili by young activists. The white banner is covered in signatures and they’ve got Collaery’s face printed on their shirts. pic.twitter.com/RuZmGyXXT0