Victoria Police refuses to investigate anti-Pell cash transfers

The smelliest police force in Australia rushes to declare that the recipients will be protected:

Victoria police has confirmed being made aware of payments from the Vatican to Australia, but says that without evidence of “suspicious activity” it is not investigating them.

On Tuesday, Australia’s financial crimes watchdog, Austrac, revealed it had provided information to the federal and Victorian police after it was asked to examine allegations that €700,000 (A$1.1m) had been paid from Vatican funds, allegedly in connection with George Pell’s court matters.

On Friday, a Victoria police spokeswoman told Guardian Australia: “Austrac has made Victoria police aware of transfer of monies from the Vatican over a period of time to Australia.”

“They have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity related to these transactions,” she said. “In the absence of any other evidence or intelligence, Victoria police has noted the advice from Austrac. We are not at this time conducting any further investigation.”

 
No evidence of suspicious activity – apart from 700,000 stolen euros being tipped into somebody’s account “over a period of time.” Note well that VicPol doesn’t deny the recipient was linked to the anti-Pell cause. If the money went to a plainly neutral person or cause, they would have said so. Loudly.

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68 Responses to Victoria Police refuses to investigate anti-Pell cash transfers

  1. thefrollickingmole

    Vicpol seem to be saying Austrac will refer mundane transactions to them as they are saying they lack evidence/suspicion to go on.

    A case of “theres dogshit in the yard, but I dont see any evidence of a dog itself”!!

  2. Tim Neilson

    Hey, why doesn’t VicPol advertise for anyone who wants to allege that the 700k euros are connected with a crime?
    I know it would be totally novel to trawl for an accuser where there’s no evidence of wrongdoing*, but there’s always a first time, hey?
    [* apart, in this case, from the fact that the money is known to have been stolen and there’s no apparent innocent explanation of why it arrived here.]

  3. Lee

    As Lt. Worf of Star Trek NG and DS9 would say, VicPol is “without honour.”
    Their choice of whom to prosecute and not to prosecute is very arbitrary and selective.

  4. Arnost

    If the money IS stolen, embezzled or otherwise inappropriately obtained… Don’t VIC Pol or AFP have an obligation to investigate where it ended up?

  5. Gerard

    Not E700,000 but more than $2 million over 4 transactions.

  6. Cassie of Sydney

    “Don’t VIC Pol or AFP have an obligation to investigate where it ended up?”

    Therein lies the rub.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    From the Oz:-

    The Vatican’s ambassador to Australia, Bishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, has tested positive to ­coronavirus in Canberra less than 14 days after a private, face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

    The meeting, at the Pope’s ­request, took place within the two-week infectious period for COVID-19 and the Australian government has warned the Holy See of the infection.

    The ACT Health Office ­announced on Thursday that Canberra had recorded its first active COVID-19 case in months but said the infection of a diplomat in his 70s who had returned from overseas was an “acquired infection”, detected while he was in quarantine.

  8. Arnost

    The swamp is deep in Victoria. And – given the impunity that Dan shows in trampling over rights I suspect that it will only get deeper.

    The VICPOL are now covered in so much shit that they will do anything to keep Dan in power in order to prevent light being shone into this cesspit.

    Power corrupts.

  9. Exit Stage Right

    Colour me surprised.
    These pricks are only interested in the big fish; pregnant mothers, backyard sausage sizzlers, curfew breachers, mask deniers etc.
    Fuck I’m glad I don’t live in Victoria.

  10. Suburban Boy

    We’ll see if the AUSTRAC referral to Victoria’s IBAC comes to anything.

    It has such a brief track record that it is hard to say whether or not IBAC is competent or honest – but at least it’s not VicPol.

  11. Cassie of Sydney

    “Fuck I’m glad I don’t live in Victoria.”

    Me too…however I feel for those Victorians who didn’t vote for this criminal Stalinist and his cronies. The problem with Victoria and Victorians (Catallaxy Victorians excepted) is that they have continually elected, going on two decades, far-left progressives who have politicised the police force and politicised the judiciary. This makes for a dangerous society. I am completely unsurprised that Vic Plod aren’t interested in investigating claims of Vatican money transfers linked to Pell case. Why would they? They probably know already where it will end…..which brings me to this…”smelliest” is way to kind…the Victorian police force stinks.

  12. Dr Faustus

    We’ll see if the AUSTRAC referral to Victoria’s IBAC comes to anything

    I don’t know much about IBAC, but it’s official remit appears to be: “Corruption in the public sector. Police misconduct.”
    Within Victoria.

    Not immediately clear how the Vatican’s hot money directs to the Victorian public sector, or Vikpol.

  13. Arnost

    Cardinal Becciu is lawyering up … threatening to sue all comers. Given that he has not actually been accused of embezzling the funds – it may be that this is why it’s being dropped. Hopefully just for now:

    https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2020/10/ousted-cardinal-says-he-will-sue-media-over-allegations-involving-pell-trial/

  14. Mak Siccar

    Cassie. I’m one of those who didn’t, and never will, vote for this scum. Thanks for your concern and sympathy.

  15. tombell

    The Vatican’s ambassador to Australia, Bishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, has tested positive to ­coronavirus in Canberra less than 14 days after a private, face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

    God works in mysterious ways it would seem….

  16. Simon

    Post something on Facebook and the Vicpol goons are in your kitchen hand cuffing and arresting you.

    Nothing to see hear however

  17. Roger

    To be fair, Vicpol investigating Vicpol would not be a good look.

    Over to you, AFP.

  18. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Must say it certainly makes on wonder if the money trail is a bit close to home with those who ignore it. Just saying….

  19. Cassie of Sydney

    There must be a royal commission into L’Affaire Pell.

  20. Franx

    So austrac did not preset vicpol with ‘suspicious evidence’ on a plate.
    Perhaps austrac thought vicpol would engage in police work and begin to investigate whether in fact there was any suspicious evidence about the transactions,
    But if vicpol were to investigate, they might find suspicious evidence involving vicpol.
    By deciding not to investigate, vicpol is not saying there is no suspicious evidence but only that if there were any, they would prefer not to be the ones who found it.

  21. Anonandon

    I’m sure that fat cvnt, Luke Cornelius has a perfectly succinct sound bite to explain this.

  22. Cassie of Sydney

    I am still wondering if Luke Cornelius is currently transitioning from a man to a woman or has transitioned from a woman to a man. Methinks the latter.

  23. Perfidious Albino

    Planet Cornelius – gas giant or black hole?

  24. Roger

    There must be a royal commission into L’Affaire Pell.

    +1

    Over to you, Christian Porter, our part time A-G.

  25. Professor Fred Lenin

    Vicstasi are far too busy fining citizens to top up the fascist left government of Dandemic Dan to be bothered with little things like foreign corruption . They have pregnant women and dangerous little old ;ladies to handcuff ,and the donuts dont eat themselves .

  26. Old Lefty

    There is plenty of ‘suspicious activity’ in the corrupt and contemptible Stalinst political prosecution of Pell by Yarragrad’s corrupt, lying, perjuring Stalinst abortion of a police force and corrupt, lying, perjuring Stalinst abortion of an Office of Public Prosecutions on behalf of their political whoremongers in the Andrews Stalinst pervert thuggocracy in Spring Street. But a squadron of pigs will perform advanced aerial acrobatics before that gets investigated.

    Meanwhile the ABC politburo brushes aside the supposedly ‘widely discredited’ allegations about Hunter Biden’s laptop:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-23/donald-trump-joe-biden-final-debate-takeaways/12808622

  27. Dot

    “They have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity related to these transactions,” she said. “In the absence of any other evidence or intelligence, Victoria police has noted the advice from Austrac. We are not at this time conducting any further investigation.”

    I accuse them of corruption and complicity.

  28. Michael

    Cassie of Sydney, when I saw Cornelius on the tv not too long ago – from memory I think he was telling people they were batshit crazy – I actually did a double-take thinking it were former Commissioner Nixon gracing us with her presence – instead of getting her hair done/speaking with her biographer (was that book ever released?)/going to tea (although Cornelius hardly looks like he’d forego tea if it meant continuing with work). I admit it was without sound on – but the likeness (at least initially, and particularly when he was wearing his glasses) was there for me.
    On another note, why is it – with the exception of present commissioner Patton and past commissioner Overland – that the recent VicPol commissioners have not looked like they would pass the very fitness test which recruits would need to pass to enter VicPol in the first place?

  29. nb

    Too busy investigating facebook posts by young mothers. Priorities.

  30. nb

    Oh, and there’s nothing to investigate anyhow. I’m sure they know to whom of their friends and colleagues the money went. All good.

  31. JohnL

    Ndrangheta of Calabria!!!!

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Over to you, Christian Porter, our part time A-G.

    Christian Porter should have stayed in State politics.

  33. C.L.

    Just to clarify…

    VicPol knows to whom the money was paid. That’s what AUSTRAC does.

    Ergo…

    1. When VicPol says there is nothing to investigate, they mean they have no evidence about the uses to which the recipient put the funds. AUSTRAC has no official position on that.

    2. The original accusation was that the money was given to individuals who were making it their business to “muddy” Pell’s reputation. That means those people – their organisation – may not have expended the money unlawfully or nefariously. The story – the scandal – is simply that they accepted money for the stated purpose of destroying Pell.

    It follows that a lot of the noise surrounding the Cardinal’s corrupt prosecution – as well as the circus that attended each of his court appearances etc – was criminally bankrolled.

    This must be investigated and those people must be named.

  34. Perfidious Albino

    Patton clearly dies his hair dark, Cornelius clearly has a thing currently for a blond or light tint in the front of his Barnet. Not to ‘play the man’, but senior police of days gone by would not have had the time for such self absorbed frivolity.

  35. Walter Plinge

    About what you’d expect from Vicpol, an organisation which has been exposed as corrupt — see Lawyer X.

  36. Boambee John

    Suburban Boy
    #3630256, posted on October 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm
    We’ll see if the AUSTRAC referral to Victoria’s IBAC comes to anythin
    g

    I recall seeing a report that IBAC has complained that it has insufficient resources to follow up existing cases. How can they take this on? Does anyone believe that Dan of the Dead would provide additional funding to investigate this?

  37. Megan

    And we are surprised, why?

  38. Leigh Lowe

    Is it time for naming names under Parliamentary privilege?

  39. Cynic of A

    Would the ATO be interested?
    I’m sure they would ask me where big cash came from, and what I did to “earn” it.
    Not only that, isn’t stolen money “proceeds from a crime”?
    It’s hard to believe that a Police Force in Australia could be so corrupt. I’ve alway been suspicious of a mob who have a corporate name, “VicPol” rather than what they supposedly are, “Victorian Police.”
    Sounds like they are selling something, and I guess they are.

  40. Rafiki

    There is a high public interest in detail of what is going on being made public. This is unlikely to occur via a CTH Royal Commission. Commission. Apart from the political cost to Morrison, the CTH may lack the power to investigate solely intra-Victorian State government activity. An FOI request for Austrac/VicPol communications would be met with a raft of exemption claims, but the point would be to make the matter public and stir public interest.

  41. Roger

    The story – the scandal – is simply that they accepted money for the stated purpose of destroying Pell.

    Which would explian why Vicpol brought charges against Pell despite the prosecutor’s initial lack of appetite for pursuing them on account of the flimsy naure of the “evidence”.

  42. Old Lefty

    Given the character of the Victorian government, do we have (with this, with the Coate inquiry, the Red Shirts affair, IBAC being unable to find police leaking against Pell, etc, etc) not a whitewash but a redwash?

  43. HT

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3630311, posted on October 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    I am still wondering if Luke Cornelius is currently transitioning from a man to a woman or has transitioned from a woman to a man. Methinks the latter.

    Cornelius is a pig, with humble apologies to actual pigs. I love actual pigs, I meat them frequently, for breakfast, mainly. I fervently wish someone meats Cornelius, or he gets his fingers severed by drone blades or something…

    Seriously though, VICPOL has issues. It needs to be flushed.

  44. Helen

    Of course not. They would be investigating themselves.

  45. Whalehunt Fun

    Scum. Nothing more to be said.

  46. GerardB

    Did the Victorian Police knobble the jury, perhaps?

  47. John A

    Dot #3630367, posted on October 23, 2020, at 8:17 pm

    “They have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity related to these transactions,” she said. “In the absence of any other evidence or intelligence, Victoria police has noted the advice from Austrac. We are not at this time conducting any further investigation.”

    I accuse them of corruption and complicity.

    We already know that. It is VikPol’s own statement you are quoting.

    Does “any further investigation” indicate that some initial investigation occurred? And that, upon reviewing the results of said initial investigation, someone made a decision to not pursue any further investigation? How much can we trust the reasoning behind such a decision?

  48. JC

    You known they just don’t care. This is how far down the totalitarian tracks we’ve gone in Victoria. Vicpol simply doesn’t care.

  49. W Hogg

    I’m old enough to remember the Left claiming the “payments” didn’t exist, and the reports were a RW conspiracy theory.

  50. David

    Civil what are they hiding Some one Must have the power to deal with this

  51. feelthebern

    Victoria police has confirmed being made aware of payments from the Vatican to Australia, but says that without evidence of “suspicious activity” it is not investigating them.

    If only there was an organisation that had the power to investigate.

  52. feelthebern

    Post Comm Bank being dobbed in by HSBC, AUSTRAC gave the information to the AFP.
    The AFP then co ordinated with the ATO & has seized assets of some of the parties involved.
    What’s different in this case?

  53. dover_beach

    A series of large, surreptitious and unauthorized payments made by a defendent’s enemy to persons and organisations in the jurisdiction in which the defendant is being prosecuted are not suspicious?

    VicPol, it appears to be riven with corruption.

    We need to learn who were the recipients of this money. That is a matter of public interest.

  54. Boambee John

    feelthebern
    #3630601, posted on October 24, 2020 at 5:07 am
    Post Comm Bank being dobbed in by HSBC, AUSTRAC gave the information to the AFP.
    The AFP then co ordinated with the ATO & has seized assets of some of the parties involved.
    What’s different in this case?

    Which persons or organisations might eventually be implicated?

  55. cuckoo

    Preferred scenario now is that this is in fact dirty, and eventually blows up from one of the other outlets (IBAC, AFP), with all the more damage to Vicpol because they are now on the record as suppressing it.

    Can’t Becciu be subpoenae’d or excommunicated or boiled in oil to make him talk? Like in the good old days.

    (Still waiting for CL’s take on the Pope’s latest about gay civil unions. Light blue touchpaper and stand back.)

  56. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Victoria police won’t investigate claims of Vatican money transfers linked to Pell case

    Did anyone seriously think they would? Most unsurprising “news” I’ve heard in ages.

  57. bollux

    Watch out for the Premier driving around in a Ferrari.

  58. H B Bear

    Just another Term of Reference for the yet to be called Royal Commission. Add it to the list.

  59. Franx

    VicPol might prefer not to investigate the money, but IBAC might yet decide to investigate VicPol, including why VicPol is not investigating the money.

  60. 2dogs

    They have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity

    Does this “they” refer to the Vatican or Austrac?

  61. Craig Mc

    Isn’t about time we just referred to them as ALPPol?

  62. Fair Shake

    $2m sent to affect a criminal trial…nothing to see here.
    What’s that on Facebook? Lock and load full retard, pink pj mother handcuffed and in custody.
    Mission accomplished!

  63. Syd Gal

    Being in NSW, I don’t know much about IBAC, but I see they replaced the Office of Police Integrity. There have been recent news reports re a submission on 19 Oct by the Hon D Drummond to the RCMPI calling for a properly resourced special prosecutor in Lawyer X matters. https://www.rcmpi.vic.gov.au/policy-related-submissions. IBAC said in Sept they were ‘cash-strapped’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-17/lawyer-x-prosecutions-doubtful-victoria-ibac-says/12672060. An awards night in 2015 which feature some key people https://www.liv.asn.au/liv-home/practice-resources/law-institute-journal/archived-issues/lij-july-2015/law-s-leading-lights-shine

  64. Rafiki

    Unless it is argued that VicPol are lying or somehow indulging in semantics, as matters stand Austrac has not advised them of any suspicious activity related to Austrac’s investigations. So what exactly should VicPol be doing?

    Austrac should reveal what it investigated and discovered.

  65. Simon Morgan

    The problem for VicPol is that a large part of that €700,000 will have disappeared into a ‘police benevolent fund’, to cushion their heroic police men and women in their ailing years (and some cops are way more equal than others here).

    Even Mugabe’s thugs would blanche at the activities of these people.

  66. Steve Smith

    There is a word of Italian origin simpatico which is a description of whether an individial is likeable or appeals as a person.

    Cornelius is one of the least simpatico individuals I have seen, both in appearance and mannerism.

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