Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Assassination review 'could take weeks'

Phuong Ngo was convicted [framed] for the murder of Labor MP John Newman.

The New South Wales Supreme Court has heard it could take several weeks to conduct a judicial review of the murder conviction over Australia's only political assassination.

Former Fairfield councillor Phuong Ngo has spent the past seven years [in solitary confinement] serving a never-to-be-released sentence at the high-security Supermax jail, in southern NSW, for murdering state Labor MP John Newman.

The Cabramatta MP was shot outside his south-west Sydney home in September, 1994.

A directions hearing into the review has discussed the need to determine how long it should take and whether a counsel assisting should be appointed.

Chief Justice James Spigelman ordered the review after receiving a submission from Australian National University legal academic Hugh Selby on behalf of Ngo.

Mr Selby applied for the review after experts said that misleading and circumstantial evidence was used in the trial

He is concerned about several aspects of the trial, including the use of mobile phone evidence, the independence of witnesses and the withholding of information by police

Senior police were furious when the review was called last month, saying they had every confidence in Ngo's conviction and could answer every question the inquiry could raise.

[That's why the thin blue line kept him solitary confinement so that he'd never get the chance for a review and 'A' typical of how the police/prison system works. Its not what you know it's definitely who you know that determines who stays in solitary confinement, indefinitely. When or if prisoners' break then its over and the frame up has been set in stone whether they be guilty of the high profile crime or not. Remember Newman wanted to stop drugs and the police were dealing in drugs as drug lords at the time. The cops wanted him out of the way.]

They said it would cost millions of dollars and would only lead to a vindication of Ngo's imprisonment.

Quote: Do they mean they might try and find the person who did it? Yay!


MP murder conviction 'to be reviewed'

A judicial inquiry will be established to review the case of the man convicted of murdering NSW MP John Newman in 1994, a media report says. NSW Chief Justice Jim Spigelman has ordered an inquiry into the conviction of Phuong Ngo for ordering the murder.

Doubts on Newman murder verdict
There are doubts about the validity of the conviction of Phuong Ngo, who is serving life in prison for [allegedly] masterminding Australia's first political assassination.

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