CCC fears over police discipline
THE Crime and Corruption Commission has raised major concerns with the police disciplinary system in Queensland yet stands by the decision not to charge any officers involved in the infamous Surfers Paradise basement bashing.
Civil liberties crusader Terry O’Gorman implored the crime-fighting watchdog to take over the police investigation into the 2012 incident and the CCC last night published a detailed review of the case.
The report said the CCC “remains concerned about a number of aspects of the police discipline system in Queensland” including some of the penalties imposed by internal affairs investigations.
Mr O’Gorman wrote to the CCC this month demanding an urgent review of the case which sees Sergeant Rick Flori, accused of leaking footage to the media, facing seven years jail while none of the four officers involved in the incident faced criminal charges.
The CCC agreed with a police decision not to charge anyone over the bashing of young chef Noa Begic because it was “unlikely to succeed in court without evidence from the complainant”. Mr O’Gorman said he would appeal. JEREMY PIERCE