May 25, 2018

Could Hastie be brought before a US court for his Chau Chak Wing comment?

More than simply ratcheting up diplomatic tension with China, Andrew Hastie has breached legal guidelines in the US.

Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

The decision on Tuesday by Liberal MP Andrew Hastie to name Australian citizen and businessman Chau Chak Wing as an unindicted co-conspirator in a US court prosecution, was in defiance of US Department of Justice guidelines and showed a contemptuous disregard for Chau's rights. Don't be surprised if you hear that Hastie is requested to give evidence before a US court and asked to explain his actions.   

Hastie, the chair of the parliamentary intelligence and security committee says that Chau is in fact "Co-Conspirator 3 or CC-3" in a case concerning the alleged bribery of former president of the UN General Assembly John Ashe. A recent meeting with US intelligence officials led him to confirm that CC-3 is Chau.

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