As this story currently stands, I’m shocked and appalled. But something in me wonders if there’s more to come out. Not that this excuses Australia from punishing people for telling stories and keeping the reasons secret.
In July last year, writer Kingsley Flett’s Shadow Warrior — a book he co-wrote with former SAS soldier and criminal David Everett — was published by Penguin. It has since sold about 15,000 copies. In December West Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Robert Cock froze the bank account Flett had established for his publishing activities.
Last week Penguin publishing director Robert Sessions wrote to WA Premier Colin Barnett urging him to “intervene in this matter and show that natural justice is still of paramount importance to your government when it comes to the citizens of the state of Western Australia”.
The matter is expected to return to the WA Supreme Court in the next few weeks when Flett’s lawyers will ask that the judge exercise his powers to set aside the freezing order.
They say their client, who has never committed a crime, should not be punished for telling the story of someone who did.