Mulrunji - S/Sgt Hurley's manslaughter charge - so be careful what you say, or you might hurt the chance for justice
At about 10.15 AEST this morning, Andrew Boe (pictured above), who is the lawyer for the Palm Island Council, announced that S/Sgt Chris Hurley will be charged with manslaughter over the death of Aboriginal man Mulrunji in a police station on Palm Island in November 2004 - click here for the background info.
Mr Boe was speaking at the Invasion Day rally outside the Parliament of Queensland, George St, Brisbane - click here to see the exact spot on a map.
The Attorney-General of Queensland, Mr Kerry Shine, had called Mr Boe about five minutes previously to let him know about the decision. Mr Boe said that S/Sgt Hurley is expected to be indicted in Townsville on Monday.
Mr Boe told everyone to be very careful about what they say now. In particular, anyone who has been angered by this case must respect S/Sgt Hurley's legal right to be presumed innocent.
If people don't respect this right, the trial could be stopped because of prejudice - and there will be no chance for Mulrunji's death to be balanced.
Mr Boe also said that he thinks a manslaughter charge is reasonable in the circumstances - he said he had watched every witness give evidence at the coronial inquest that found that S/Sgt Hurley caused Mulrunji's death.
Finally, Mr Boe said that people should let the process occur, with 'grace and generosity'.
The Australian newspaper also carries a report from the AAP, and the ABC reports the news as well.
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