Australia defends raid on lawyer in East Timor case
AFPSYDNEY--Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday defended a raid by Australian intelligence agents on the offices of a lawyer representing East Timor in a spying case, but Timor's president called it “unconscionable.”
December 5, 2013, 12:24 am TWN
Abbott's government is under fire after the offices of lawyer Bernard Collaery were raided by the domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), on Tuesday and a range of material seized on a secret warrant.
Collaery is representing East Timor's government in an arbitration hearing at The Hague, which accuses Australia of espionage over a controversial Timor Sea gas treaty. He has described the raids as “intimidatory” tactics before a hearing in the case Thursday.