The man in the iron mask

A man has been found guilty  and imprisoned in Canberra in secrecy so complete that the prison administrator (if you can believe this) did not even know what he was in gaol for.  He has now been released after what could have been about a year inside or maybe more (it’s a secret, you see).  Likely as not he is still on parole. His identity and details of his crime still cannot be published.   See [2019] ACTSC 311.

I find this pretty disturbing. The judgment mentions  that orders were made about the conditions of the man’s imprisonment with the man’s consent and it seems likely to me that he pleaded guilty to whatever the offence or offences were.  But is his consent (if given: someone claiming to be him on twitter says not) the end of the matter?  What about open justice? What agency is being protected from embarrassment by these secretive acts done in our name?

Postscript: more here.

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2 Responses to “The man in the iron mask”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Scenarios as to what he may have done run through my mind but I can’t possibly imagine why that we cannot know what his crime was. Our governments and judicial system are becoming more and more secretive. While there can be some circumstances why not, generally we have the right to know. Ala Gobbo, it comes out eventually anyway.

  2. lamaliminalbeing Says:

    We are frogs in simmering water.

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