East Timor criticizes Australian oil spying

This video from Australia about oil and gas in East Timor is called Big Oil: Stealing from The Poor?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Australia slammed for raids before ICC snooping trial

Wednesday 4th December 2013

East Timor Prime Minister brands Australia ‘counter-productive and unco-operative’

East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao branded Australia “counter-productive and unco-operative,” after secret service agents raided the Canberra homes of a lawyer and a former spy.

Both men are involved in an International Criminal Court hearing into allegations that Australia bugged East Timor’s cabinet before sensitive oil and gas negotiations.

East Timor will go before the permanent court of arbitration today to argue that the espionage destroyed the validity of a bilateral agreement struck with Australia in 2006 over sharing seabed oil and gas reserves worth billions of pounds.

Australian attorney general George Brandis confirmed that he had authorised search warrants targeting lawyer Bernard Collaery, who will represent East Timor in The Hague, and a former secret service officer.

Mr Brandis’s office would not confirm reports that the former spy’s passport had been confiscated, preventing him from giving evidence in The Hague.

Mr Gusmao called on his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott to “ensure the safety of our witness for a prompt, just and fair resolution of this important matter.

“Raiding the premises of a legal representative of Timor-Leste and taking such aggressive action against a key witness is unconscionable and unacceptable conduct,” he said.

Mr Collaery said the case would proceed without the spy witness.

“This is an attempt to intimidate our witness and to prevent the evidence going forward.

“I can’t think of anything more crass.”

In a blatant attack on fundamental legal and democratic rights, the Abbott government yesterday ordered Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the homes and offices of a lawyer and former intelligence agency whistleblower involved in an international legal challenge to Australia’s spying on the East Timor government during maritime border talks in 2004: here.

8 thoughts on “East Timor criticizes Australian oil spying

  1. Australian authority has no conscience as to what they will do in terms of criminal and materialistic gain, the overbearing authoritarianism and superior albeit, bombastic attitude is here for all to see, having Tony Abbott, who would make a better job of being a cage fighter in the amateur section, than Prime minister, still when you get a duffer as Abbott, he was voted in by the public, and they get what they deserve, they are non to bright either, although the voting aberrations in Australia, of recent coming to light, makes one wonder where the missing votes went to? and now we see that the Australian voting system also can be rigged.


  2. Timor was first colonized by the Portuguese in 1520. The Dutch, who claimed many of the surrounding islands, took control of the western portion of the island in 1613. Portugal and the Netherlands fought over the island until an 1860 treaty divided Timor, granting Portugal the eastern half of the island as well as the western enclave of Oecussi (the first Portuguese settlement on the island). Australia and Japan fought each other on the island during World War II; nearly 50,000 East Timorese died during the subsequent Japanese occupation.


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