Inside Nauru: As told by Refugees not Channel 9

A Current Affair’s news crew were the first outside television crew allowed access to Nauru Australia’s refugee dumping ground.

They promise a story that will stun Australians. It is unclear in what way it will stun. Will they portray the prison island in it’s true light or will they provide an honest account.

In all likely hood many will be stunned by just how low ACA will go.

Aside from the fact the government would not have allowed them access to the island had they thought the show would do proper independent journalism, apparently the film crew were followed around by Nauruan government officials and police.

This documentary is made by refugees on Nauru. This is what the government and corporate interests don’t want you to see.

 

Vision released of police officer pulling gun on speeding motorist in outback Queensland

Bad cop no donut.

via abc. 05/06/2016

The ABC has obtained exclusive footage of the moment a senior constable pulled a gun on a motorist caught speeding in outback Queensland.

The video is part of a collection of clips tendered to a civil hearing before a judge in the Supreme Court as the now-suspended policeman fights to have his pay reinstated.

The first video shows Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan driving on the Landsborough Highway on the outskirts of Longreach before he spots a ute driving 126 kilometres per hour in a 110kph zone.

It was tendered by lawyers for Police Commissioner Ian Stewart in an affidavit responding to Flanagan’s application.

The video shows Flanagan trying to use his horn to pull the driver over while his siren is off.

“F****** pull over now c***,” he said to himself after honking.

The driver slows down, drives off, then pulls over again amid more honking.

The dashcam shows Flanagan emerging from the police car, pointing a gun at the driver saying: “Get out of your f****** car right now.”

Also tendered to court was a smartphone recording made by the driver’s partner as she sat in the ute.

“What the f*** are you pulling here today?” Flanagan said to her partner.

“You came past me – I’m bloody beeping the horn up the side to point you over and you still keep driving.

“What is your f****** story? Do you have a licence?

“You didn’t see me? Right, where’s your licence dickhead?”

Police present footage of separate incident

The driver was then handcuffed while Flanagan checked his registration but was released a short time later when the senior constable realised it was not a stolen car as he first assumed.

The couple later filed an official complaint prompting the immediate suspension of Flanagan.

He was also charged with assault and deprivation of liberty after an investigation by the Ethical Standards Command.

But Flanagan said withholding pay during his suspension was unfair.

In his application to court, Flanagan said he thought the car was stolen and he had not realised his sirens were not on.

In submissions, senior police management said it stood by its decision and tendered another video of Flanagan in a separate incident on the Gold Coast in 2013 in which he was stood down for failing to treat a driver with appropriate dignity and respect.

In this video, he pulled a driver over on the M1 motorway for allegedly speeding.

“You’re doing 150 and you’re driving like an absolute c*** mate,” he said.

“No, I wasn’t,” the driver replied.

As the driver explained his actions, his keys were thrown to the ground.

“We’ll go to court and I’ll sit there and drink coffee and laugh my ass off while you get convicted, how’s that sound?” Flanagan said.

Flanagan will face court on the criminal charges in relation to the Longreach incident later this week while the Supreme Court decides on the outcome of his pay.

Under the suspension order, he is still allowed to find casual work for the time being.

Refugee involved in resistance on Nauru Arrested

Nauruan police have arrested a 39-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Nadaf, on trumped up charges of “threatening behaviour.”

Hamid was arrested on Friday afternoon, 3 June, around 4pm, near the family compound RPC3, and is now being held in the Nauru jail.

Hamid, his wife and eight-year-old son have been in detention on Nauru since February 2014, and he has played a very active role in the daily protests in the Nauru family compound RPC3, since 20 March this year.

The police refused to allow Hamid’s wife to see him yesterday, Saturday, 4 June and have told his wife that he will be held and brought before the court on 13 June.

Asylum seekers and refugees on the island see his arrest as a clear case of victimisation and an attempt to stifle the daily protests that have spread to refugee compounds across the island. Today will be the 78th day of protest in the family camp.

Protests on Nauru yesterday declared that Hamid was innocent and called for his release. (Videos available on request.)

Police say they are acting on a complaint by a Nauruan citizen who felt ‘threatened’ when they read the contents of a letter that supposedly fell from Hamid’s pocket when he was riding a motor-bike on Friday.

The supposed letter has not been disclosed and in any case Hamid is not able to write in English.

Hamid’s arrest seems to be part of new police tactic to intimidate the protests, now that “attempting suicide” is no longer a criminal offence.

An Iraqi man was arrested, in similar circumstances to Hamid’s, on 6 May, on the basis of a complaint to Nauruan police that the man had made threats to “set fire” or “make an explosion” on Nauru.

“Hamid’s arrest has angered asylum seekers and refugees on the island and has ensured the protests will grow louder and spread further,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It has also exposed the lack of the rule of law on Nauru, with the police acting as an unaccountable extension of the Nauruan and Australian governments. Hamid and the Iraqi man should be freed immediately.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713