Blue Line: Ruling of the Court in relation to the Julian Moti matter
Release Date: Thursday, December 17 2009, 12:00 AM
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) acknowledges the ruling of the Court in relation to the Julian Moti matter.
Mr Moti's Defence raised a total of six issues relating to abuse of process, one of which was upheld.
The court found there was no indication of 'bad faith' on the part of the AFP and there was no attempt to conceal payments that were provided to the witnesses following legal advice and consultation. All witness payments were fully disclosed throughout the judicial process.
The AFP also notes the ruling of the court indicating that the investigation was independent and that there was no evidence of any impropriety associated with the AFP's approach to the investigation.
AFP National Manager Border and International Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zuccato stated that this was an unusual and complex investigation.
"The payment of witness subsistence payments generally is one legitimate process within a range of witness management strategies," Assistant Commissioner Zuccato said.
"The AFP is however conducting an internal review in relation to the provision of witness expenses, the policy and guidelines that govern witness payments as well as the particular circumstances of this case."
It would not be appropriate for the AFP to comment any further.
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