- COALITION DEMANDS INDEPENDENT BROAD-BASED ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
The Supreme Court today ruled evidence given by former deputy police commissioner Noel Ashby during OPI hearings was inadmissible in court.
The court found the hearings – which led to Mr Ashby being charged with 11 counts of perjury – were held without proper legal authority.
“This debacle strengthens the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition’s demands for an independent broad-based anti-corruption commission with broad powers to probe police corruption,” Mr Ryan said.
“Such a system, operating along similar guidelines to those of other states, would have avoided the problems we are now seeing in this case.”
Mr Ryan said there was now a very real prospect that Victorians would never get to the bottom of the allegations which had been made about direct links between senior Labor ministers and police force members caught up in the case.
“John Brumby and his ministers owe an explanation to Victorians about the government’s involvement in this case,” Mr Ryan said.
“We know the OPI conducted telephone taps and there were meetings between government ministers and persons who were to be involved in the hearings.
“Questions put to the Premier, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Roads and Ports in Parliament regarding the involvement of government ministers have gone unanswered on the grounds that this trial was in progress.
“It’s time that Mr Brumby told Victorians what involvement his ministers have had in this case,” Mr Ryan said.