Ben Aulich – an update from our Managing Partner
Today I appeared on behalf of my friend and business partner Ben Aulich in the ACT Magistrates Court.
During a hearing in November 2022, Ben and his co-accused made applications to cross-examine several police officers to explore the legality and propriety of police conduct around the undercover operations that targeted Ben.
We maintain that these operations were a clear example of entrapment and that Ben has been targeted unlawfully by the AFP.
The magistrate today refused to permit cross-examination of the police officers before trial – a disappointing decision which again denies us access to critical information that will enable a fair and just trial for Ben.
We will continue to defend Ben fearlessly and our efforts will now be focused on contesting committal of this matter to the Supreme Court for trial, on the basis that there is insufficient evidence to find Ben guilty of the charges against him.
The matter is next listed for mention in the Magistrates Court in early February, where we expect a timetable for that application will be given and a hearing date set.
We remain grateful to our clients, colleagues and friends for your ongoing support of Ben and the firm.