Supporters gathered at the Northern Territory Supreme Court, State Square, Darwin
By Rob Wesley-Smith
Pictorial coverage below of Darwin’s part in yesterday’s national rally in support of Witness K and Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery, charged over the revelation that the Australian government bugged the Cabinet office of Timor-Leste in Dili during negotiations over the proposed maritime boundary between the two countries and exploitation of its energy reserves.
Held outside the NT Supreme Court , the event was organised by longtime East Timor activist Robert Wesley- Smith, seen below , wearing a made in Timor T-shirt, addressing the audience. Witness K and Collaery are regarded as heroes in Timor Leste . It was decided to call the only tree in the court carpark, the East Timor Tree. Incredibly, the rally seems not to have been covered by the local media ,which is not unusual in so called local newspapers and other media in North Australia.
After the demo, Wesley-Smith entered the court building where there is a pictorial display , including one of his cousin, Chief Justice Brian Ross Martin , who presided over the Bradley Murdoch outback NT murder of Peter Falconio case; another notorious case involved the 2005 Snowdon murders in South Australia.
In the l970s , Wesley -Smith appeared in the former Supreme Court building after having been arrested with others at gunpoint by defence force officers, on a boat attempting to take supplies to East Timor.