Letter to the Editor - May 9: Laws not state sanctioned

TO AUSTRALIAN Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin and Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan ("Dealers Cannot be Protected" Advocate May 6).

Drug problems in our society and elsewhere, are bigger issues than your pragmatic statements, which leave the AFP free of any need to consider the short and/or long term consequences of its actions when investigating crime and enforcing International Law.

The UN states that the death penalty is no deterrent to any crime.

If Australia is to demonstrate its sincerity in opposing the death penalty internationally, then more lateral thinking is necessary by the government and the AFP, when investigating crimes that could carry the death penalty elsewhere.

Perhaps refining their investigative and enforcement techniques - rather than apprehension at any cost.

We must ask ourselves, why are so many Australians involved in drug crimes whether they are users, pushers or traffickers?

Where is our society failing leading to this anti-social and self-destructive behaviour?

Australia must not deliver any suspect, whether citizen or not, into the hands of nations where the penalty for their crimes is state sanctioned murder - the death penalty. Otherwise we are simply accomplices.

Lynette F Hyde



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