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War crimes: First extradition?


Fergus Hanson


31 March 2010 15:31

The High Court has opened up the prospect of Australia's first successful extradition of an accused war criminal after quashing an earlier ruling from the Federal Court.

That should let the Australian Federal Police off the hook. A reply to a Senate question released in February revealed the AFP has never conducted an investigation into the accused war criminal — even after The Australian newspaper revealed he was living in Perth (and prior to Croatia requesting his extradition).

Incidentally, this reply to a question on notice tabled late last year shows that staffing levels in the war crimes screening unit have more than halved since February 2008 (from 11 to five full-time equivalent staff), at a time when other countries around the world are ramping up their preventative measures. Interesting tactic. 

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